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Derby County boss Lampard sold Aberdeen to me – says new boy Lowe

Aberdeen's Max Lowe, who is on-loan from Derby County.

New boy Max Lowe says Frank Lampard sold Aberdeen as the perfect club for him.

The left-back has joined the Dons on a loan deal until January.

The 21-year-old has impressed Derby boss Lampard and was handed a contract extension until 2021 by the Rams prior to moving to Pittodrie.

Lowe revealed the Chelsea legend told him Aberdeen was a “great place” for him.

He said: “He was encouraging me to come here because he wants me to get 30 games a season. I haven’t been able to do that in the past.

“I started off well in pre-season and at the start of the season and he said to me that I was ready for first-team football and that Aberdeen was a great place for me.

“Personally for me Frank Lampard has had a massive impact and I think all the lads at Derby will say the same.

“He’s been second to none in terms of tactics and intelligence of the game.

“On the first day of pre-season you pick up little things which explain why he’s played at the top and achieved what he has in his career.

“He hasn’t just taken an interest in me. A lot of the young lads at Derby have taken a big stride under him in pre-season and have ended up playing games this season.

“It shows if you’re good enough you will play and he gives you the confidence to make you feel at ease in the big games.”

Another major factor in Lowe’s decision to join the Reds was Lampard’s assistant at Pride Park, Jody Morris.

Morris played under Dons boss Derek McInnes for four years at St Johnstone and then Bristol City and also played with McInnes at Millwall.

Lowe revealed speaking to Morris and then McInnes also helped to convince him moving to the Granite City was right for him.

He added: “There were a lot of reasons to come to Aberdeen.

“The gaffer (McInnes) spoke to me and what he said to me and his belief in my game gave me the confidence to believe I could come away from home and play in Scottish football.

“Jody Morris (Derby assistant manager) has worked with the gaffer and he spoke really highly of him.

“Jody said he’s a great gaffer and that I’ll learn a lot under him.

“And I could tell just by training that I will, so hopefully over the next six months I will keep learning.

“This could be a launchpad for me because I’ve played games in the Championship.

“But I need to kick on and I feel like Aberdeen is the place to do that.

“They did well last year and hopefully we can kick on.”

Lowe also outlined what the Red Army can expect from him during his time with Aberdeen.

He said: “They can expect me to be athletic and get up and down that left side and whip balls in.

“I’ll be aggressive, on the front foot and I’ll show that I want to play for Aberdeen with my passion.”

Lowe could make his Dons debut against Kilmarnock tomorrow.

He said: “I don’t know much about them. I know Craig Bryson was there and he’s at Derby.

“He spoke to me about the Scottish game and said the games aren’t easy in the league and that it’s similar to the Championship.

“He said it would be good for me and Aberdeen are a massive club.

“The Scottish league isn’t easy and Bryson, Jody and the gaffer at Derby have all told me that.

“So it’s a good test for me in terms of where I’m at physically and mentally.

“Going into Saturday I’m raring to go and if I get the call to play against Kilmarnock I’ll be ready to go.”

Meanwhile, Aberdeen reserve player Sam Roscoe has joined Championship side Alloa Athletic on a season-long loan deal.