Defender Max Lowe has admitted that returning to Aberdeen was the “right move” for his career progression – and revealed that he told Derby boss Frank Lampard that he “loved” his initial loan spell at Pittodrie.
Lowe spent the first half of the season with the Dons before returning to Pride Park at the start of the month.
He made two appearances for the Rams before returning to Pittodrie until the summer.
With Lampard signing Ashley Cole this week, Lowe admits the return north is ideal for him.
“For my own progression, this was the right move for me,” Lowe said, as quoted by the Aberdeen Evening Express.
“Hopefully everyone could see that at Aberdeen, as I was progressing with each game.
“I want to try to show the fans what I am capable of again because I am delighted to be back. That is the reason I came back because I told him (Frank Lampard) that I loved it up here.”
Lowe has been one of the best players this season for Derek McInnes’ side and his return is a huge boost.
Losing someone as good as Lowe would have been a huge dent in the Dons’ title aspirations.
The 21-year-old scored on his return in the 1-1 Scottish Cup draw with Stenhousemuir on Saturday.
With the Reds just a few points off the pace in the league, they’ll be hoping results go their way this week.
McInnes side travel to Hamilton while second-placed Rangers face third-place Kilmarnock.
A draw at Rugby Park coupled with a Dons win would be massive.
Managing to get Lowe back to Pittodrie should give McInnes’ side a much better chance to capitalise on any slip ups.