It’s been a progressive season for Derby County full-back Max Lowe who was named Aberdeen’s Players’ Player of the Season for the 2018/19 season at their recent Awards night.
The 22-year-old spent the campaign at the Scottish Premiership side and impressed both team-mates, pundits and supporters with his performances.
He made 42 appearances for the Dons over the course of two loan spells and scored three goals.
That form earned him an accolade at Aberdeen’s End of Season Awards evening and he was delighted to be recognised by his peers.
“That is probably the one award that all players want to win on awards nights, and I was buzzing,” he told dcfc.co.uk. “I was shocked as well because I didn’t think I was going to win it.
“I thought Graeme Shinnie would have got it because he was the captain and the way he led the squad this season has been unbelievable.
“The likes of him Shay Logan, Joe Lewis, and all the experienced lads have helped me massively. I have worked hard this season so it’s nice to see they have seen that in my performances on the pitch and in training sessions.
“It was nice to get the vote off the boys and I was buzzing with it.”
It was, however, a frustrating end to the campaign on the pitch as Aberdeen finished in fourth position behind Kilmarnock.
Killie, who finished in third position, scored a last-minute winner in their 2-1 success against Rangers in their final game of the season to ensure they beat Derek McInnes’ men to third position.
Aberdeen can still qualify for Europe if Celtic beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final this weekend.
However, despite his initial disappointment, Lowe was keen for it not to take the shine off his season.
“I loved my time at Aberdeen,” he said. “I was a bit hesitant going up to Scotland at first, moving away from home for the first time but I felt like I was at the age to kick on and get games under my belt.
“It took me around a month to adapt. The gaffer started me in the first two games, then I was in and out for a bit. It took me a while to get used to the pace and the physicality of the league but as soon as I settled down, I was fine.
“The boys were good in the changing room, they are a great group and the gaffer helped me with my game in training sessions so I felt like I was part of the team straight away. That stability gave me consistency in my performances as well so it was good.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to do that at Aberdeen. It is a big club; we had a good season and I’m just happy to 40+ games for them.
Lowe netted his first professional goal against St Mirren back in October as he scored Aberdeen’s fourth goal in a 4-1 win.
“Scoring my first goal was a nice achievement for me earlier in the season and then to get a couple more on to that tally was nice,” he commented. “I feel like it’s been my best season so far in terms of consistency.
“I’ve had a bad past with injuries and I’ve sometimes not been able to put two or three games together and it’s been nice to play so many games this season.
“It’s always been a doubt in my head whether I can play a full season and be reliable as one of the first names on the teamsheet so it was nice to tick that off the list.”