Max Aarons admits despite believing in himself at the start of the year, he never envisaged having the success he’s had this season.
Aarons’ maiden campaign in senior football got even better this week when he was named in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Season and nominated for the EA Sports EFL Young Player of the Season.
Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, Aarons said: “My aim was to just play as well as I could for this team and stay in the team, never mind getting into the Team of the Season for the whole league.
“It’s a massive honour to be in that and get nominated for Young Player of the Season. It’s an amazing feeling and I’m very proud.
“I always believed in myself but I never imagined it would go as well as it has done. It’s been an amazing season but as I said, as much as you believe in yourself you can’t really paint the picture until it all actually happens.
“It’s been a quick turnaround from last year but it’s been really good and I’ve enjoyed every minute.”
As well as earning accolades from the EFL, Aarons has also been adding to his ever-growing number of England youth caps over the past week.
Aarons featured in all three of the Young Lions’ UEFA 2019 European Championship qualifiers against Czech Republic, Greece and Denmark.
Unfortunately, Aarons and his teammates narrowly missed out on qualification and he could not hide his disappointment after the high standards that have been set over recent years within the setup at St. George’s Park.
“It’s always an honour to play internationally and it was a great experience again,” he continued. “Obviously, it was disappointing to not qualify for the Euros but it was another good experience.
“I still think we’re expected to qualify regardless of who is in our group - at the end of the day, we are England. That’s why it was so disappointing not to qualify but it’s important we all just turn our focus to what’s happening at our club’s now.
“I’m loving it [with England], it’s brilliant. The setup is really good and it’s good to get a fresh feeling and go somewhere new and see new faces. It’s always good and I learn a lot when I’m there.”
Aarons is now back at the Colney Training Centre and firmly looking ahead to the final eight games of the Championship season.
With City currently in the driving seat, Aarons believes City need to continue where they left off before the international break.
“I’m massively pleased to be back,” he declared. “We have Middlesbrough coming up on Saturday and then seven games after that so they’re going to be coming thick and fast. We have to be ready to achieve our goal of promotion.
“All we can do as players is focus on ourselves and try and remain as calm as we have all season. There is no need to get all uptight and nervous about the situation. It’s important to play the way we have been playing all season and hopefully it will get us over the line.
“We’ve just got to pick up where we left off before the international break and hopefully that will get us the win.”
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