Full-back Max Lowe believes new signing Graeme Shinnie has all the essential qualities to be a success at Derby County.
The Aberdeen skipper agreed a pre-contract agreement with the Rams back in May and will sign a three-year deal when his current contract expires this summer.
Lowe has seen the impact Shinnie can have on a side following his year out on loan north of the border.
The pair shared a dressing room throughout the campaign and Lowe had positive words to say about the Scottish international.
“It was a big decision for him to make,” he told dcfc.co.uk. “It is a move to a different country and he is at an age where he wants to test himself.
“He asked me about the club and I said it would be a great opportunity for him. Derby have done a lot for me since I was there from the age of 10.
“I told him how great the manager is, the boys are class and the club have a real ambition to get to the Premier League.
“I’m confident he will do well at Derby because he is natural leader, he has never shied away from competition for a starting role and he will be up for a challenge.”
Shinnie is currently preparing for Scotland’s upcoming international fixtures against Cyprus and Belgium and will link up with his new team-mates when pre-season starts.
Derby fans will have their first chance to see the 27-year-old when pre-season fixtures commence and Lowe has given supporters an indication of what to expect.
“He would say he is a midfielder but he can cover the left-back position,” Lowe said.
“There have been a few times this season where I have been injured or when he has been away with Scotland and the left-back has been injured, he has filled in.
“I can only go off my experiences playing with him up here and he is more of a box-to-box midfielder.
“He always wants to get the ball, puts his foot in and over the last two games of the season, he played with an injury but he wanted to leave on a high.
“He went to the gaffer and told him he wanted to play and he was still able to play at a high level and we got two wins off the back of it.
“He shouldn’t have probably played the final two games but that’s the kind of guy he is.”