Aberdeen loanee Lowe tells Dons and Derby to extend his Pittodrie stay

Max Lowe.
Max Lowe.

Derby County full-back Max Lowe has only played twice for Aberdeen but already hopes to extend his loan deal.

The 21-year-old arrived from the Championship Rams on the eve of transfer deadline day on a deal until January.

Since completing that move from Frank Lampard’s Derby the former England U20 cap has started both games for the Reds.

He today confirmed he hopes his loan deal at Pittodrie can be extended beyond January if both parties can reach an agreement.

Lowe said: “My loan is until January but hopefully that can get extended if everyone agrees with it – myself, Derby and Aberdeen.”

Lowe started the first two Championship games for Derby this season but subsequently slipped to third-choice left-back behind Scotland cap Craig Forsyth, who recently returned from injury, and summer signing Scott Malone.

However, he has a bright future at Derby. So highly is he rated by manager Lampard the left-back penned a new three-year contract before he made the loan switch to Aberdeen.

The Dons offer regular football and the opportunity to further develop his game in a league Lowe has high regard for.

He said: “I saw it as a positive, coming to Aberdeen to try to get some games.

“Each day here I have got to keep learning and improve
my game.

“The gaffer (Derek McInnes) has been great with me here.

“He said I have to work to stay in the team and I will do that and try to fight for my spot.

“Hopefully we can get some wins, as I have played in two games and haven’t won yet.

“Hopefully Motherwell at home this weekend can be the start of a great season for us.”

Derby manager Lampard, a Champions League winner with Chelsea in 2012, is in regular contact with Lowe as he watches footage of every Dons game before providing vital feedback.

Lowe said: “The gaffer (Lampard) has been great with me and has shown me things I can do to improve my game.

“He has been ringing me after every game and giving positive feedback. He also watches the games every week.

“Jody Morris (Lampard’s assistant, who played under McInnes at St Johnstone) also knows the gaffer up here so they have that perfect communication. Hopefully Derby can do well this season as well as Aberdeen, with both of them pushing for the top two.”

Although just five games into the Premiership campaign, Aberdeen, sitting eighth in the table, trail league leaders Hearts by nine points.

Lowe said: “To be honest, we haven’t looked at the table yet and are just taking it game
by game.

“However, after every game if you haven’t got three points, you do feel frustrated.

“I over-hit a cross late in the game and showed my frustration with my head in my hands. We have to move on quickly to prove ourselves against Motherwell.”

Lowe was pitched into the starting line-up against Kilmarnock less than 48 hours after his loan switch.

It was a baptism of fire as the Reds were reduced to 10 men after just five minutes with a red card to Mikey Devlin and went on to lose 2-0. His second game for the Dons was equally as frustrating – a 1-1 draw at St Johnstone, having fought back from a goal down at half-time.

Lowe said: “It was a game of two halves at St Johnstone, as in the first half we were a bit slow and lethargic with our play.

“In the second half we really showed what we are about.

“The lads said themselves, that is Aberdeen football – where we were aggressive, quick, fast with the ball and pressing as a team.

“We took the game to them but it wasn’t our day for the three points as they cleared off the line from Gary Mackay-Steven’s shot.

“We will take the good second-half performance at St Johnstone into this weekend to get three points because we need to get some wins now.”

Meanwhile, Aberdeen winger Mackay-Steven has confirmed there have been no discussions with the club regarding a new deal.

Mackay-Steven’s contract runs out at the end of the season.

When asked if there had been any contract talks, he said: “None so far.”

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