Date of birth
It’s easy to forget how young Max Aarons is given the wealth of experience he’s already accrued in professional football.
The Academy graduate is an exciting talent with a big future ahead of him, whose progression in the sport continues to go from strength to strength, but his story is one that’s not without its curiosities...
2009 - 2014: Aarons spends the bulk of his youth career at Luton Town’s academy, developing initially as a midfielder, his physical attributes later helping him to be a modern full-back.
2014 - 2016: Here’s where things get… unique. At the age of 14, Aarons chooses to leave Luton in favour of one-on-one after school training sessions with Saul Isaksson-Hurst, who had coached at youth level for Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. He eventually brings about the interest of Norwich, whose scouts are scratching their heads that this promising youngster has been without a club for two years.
2016 - 2018: Following a trial, Aarons joins Norwich City’s academy, impressed by its Category One status, and goes on to feature frequently for the Under-23s, eventually wearing the captain’s armband.
Up and up
2018 - Present: Aged 18, Aarons signs his first professional contract with Norwich City in June 2018. He makes his debut in the Carabao Cup against Stevenage in August and scores his first goal for the club two weeks later in a 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Cardiff City. As for his league debut, Aarons is thrown in at the deep end by a faithful Daniel Farke when he makes his first Championship start against Ipswich Town in September’s 1-1 draw.
With Aarons proving he can do the latter in the ‘sink or swim’ analogy, the Three Lions come calling to award the full-back with his first cap for England Under-19s.
Aarons doesn’t look back from that East Anglian Derby debut, going on to start every one of the remaining 41 league games in the 2018-19 season and impressing the critics in the process. March sees accolades rolling in - Aarons earning a place in the 2018-19 Championship Team of the Season and winning the EFL Young Player of the Season award.
Following promotion to the Premier League, Aarons makes the natural next step on international duty, advancing to England’s Under-21s age group to feature in their 2021 U21 Euro qualifiers. In June 2020, Max is one of 100 players worldwide to be nominated for the Golden Boy Award.
With much of his story still left to write, Aarons has become a model athlete for any young player joining the Norwich City Academy.