Nottingham Forest new boy Max Lowe claims he is staying off social media after signing for Derby County’s bitter rivals.

Forest desperately needed a left back over the summer, with Gaetan Bong simply not good enough.

Forest eventually pounced to sign Lowe, landing him on loan from Sheffield United.

The move was seen as controversial by many Derby County fans, given Lowe’s history with the Rams.

The 24-year-old was born in Derbyshire and spent his formative years in the Derby ranks.

Lowe then made 48 appearances for Derby’s first team before being snapped up by Sheffield United in 2020.

After struggling for playing time there, Lowe is now with Forest – and will likely end up facing Derby later this season.

Lowe has now told The Sunday Mirror (Mirror Football pullout, p15) that he is staying off social media in part due to his move to Forest.

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Lowe admitted that the has already received pelters from a few friends having made the move to the City Ground.

The defender noted that he doesn’t want any abuse to get into his head from fans on loan, and just wants to focus on a ‘big’ season with Forest.

“I’ve had some stick from people I’ve been brought up with and some banter from my friends since the move – but I’m out of Derby now,” said Lowe. “I’ve not looked on social media. You’re in a fishbowl. I’d rather stay off it because I know what’s going to come. I knew it was part and parcel of making this move.”

“I don’t want that to get into my head. I’m just focusing on doing my job here. This season’s a big one for me,” he added.

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