The 2018/19 campaign was a progressive one for Academy graduate Max Lowe.
The defender spent the season out on loan at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen as he played with summer recruit Graeme Shinnie.
He did play the opening month of the season for the Rams, before signing on loan for the Dons at the end of August. Despite moving to Scotland, a far cry from Pride Park Stadium, Lowe settled quickly and instantly made himself a favourite at Pittodrie.
He went on to make 42 appearances for Derek McInnes’ side, scoring two goals in the process. He earned plaudits for his attacking intent as well as his defensive solidness.
That form was recognised by his peers as he won Aberdeen’s Player’s Player of the Season award.
Lowe will be hoping his time north of the border will help force his way into new manager Phillip Cocu’s plans this season.
The left-sided player - comfortable of performing at left-back or further forward in midfield – signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2015 after being a near ever-present throughout his scholarship.
Lowe has also been recognised on the international stage at several levels, having been capped by England at Under-16, 17 and 18 level.