Derby County left-back Max Lowe has told RamsTV how he wished he moved out on loan earlier in his career as cites the importance of his spell at Aberdeen.
The 22-year-old looked like breaking in to Derby’s first team last season.
A shaky start, however, prompted an initial short-term loan move to Aberdeen. Lowe then re-joined the Scottish Premiership side in January for the remainder of the campaign.
Lowe returned to Derby a new player. Now, he is a regular at Pride Park and the talented fullback admits he wished he moved out on loan at an earlier age.
Looking back, I wish I went out on loan two years before when I was 18 instead of 21. I feel like loans for young lads is vital to get games under their belts and learn about footballing experience. Up in Scotland, it’s rough and ready. I had to be prepared and I feel like I’ve brought a bit back with me. The big games against Rangers and Celtic got me prepared to play against the likes of Leeds away and West Brom.
Max Lowe has established himself in the Derby first team this season.
He began the campaign filling in at right-back for the injured Jayden Bogle. Despite predominantly playing on the opposite side, he was excellent in Bogle’s absence.
Lowe has since featured at left-back with Scott Malone out injury. The Derby academy star has performed well and was named joint Man of the Match against Preston.
Lowe has started 11 Championship games for Phillip Cocu’s side this season. His average of 3.6 tackles per game is the joint highest alongside Graeme Shinnie.
Derby may well look at Lowe’s development following his Aberdeen spell and consider sending out the likes of Louie Sibley, Max Bird and Jason Knight on loan.