Aidan joined Everton’s Academy in 2005 from Tolka Rovers in his native Ireland.
Everton paid Tolka £90,000 compensation to secure the signature of the youngster.
Aidan quickly progressed through the youth set-up at Everton until an injury suffered at the end of the 2005/2006 season slowed him down.
Once recovered, Aidan earned call-ups to the Ireland under 19 squad, before marking his debut for Ireland’s under 21s in October 2007 with a goal.
In the latter part of the season, Downes linked up with Yeovil on loan, scoring his first senior goal at Swansea.
Everton released the striker at the end of the season, paving the way for a permanent move to Huish Park.
He returned to Ireland in 2010 and had spells with Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians but is currently without a club.