You have been warned. Kenny McLean aims to rise to the top in the Championship
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Kenny McLean proved he was one of the best in Scotland. Now he aims to deliver at Norwich City.
The 26-year-old midfielder will link up with his parent club for pre-season after signing off at Aberdeen by guiding the Dons to second spot in the Scottish Premiership and the Europa League qualifying stages.
McLean carried off Aberdeen’s players’ player-of-the-year following an impressive season where he also forced his way back into the Scottish set-up.
The attacking midfielder scored 11 goals in 45 appearances for club and country and that form has seen him called into Alex McLeish’s squad for upcoming friendlies against World Cup-bound duo Peru and Mexico, before heading to Norfolk to embark on his new adventure.
“Each season I have improved. My statistics and stuff have improved,” he said.
“The manager and the staff (at Aberdeen) have taken my game to the next level. I am going on to something new, a new chapter in my career.
“This is the right time for me to try something new, but I am going to a tough league.
“To win an award from your team-mates is very special. For the boys to recognise the hard work I have been putting in and getting the rewards is excellent. It is a good achievement.
“I have come on so much as a player and a person. I will always keep an eye out and wish (Aberdeen) all the best.”
McLean bowed out in fine style with an assist in the Dons’ final day 1-0 league win at champions Celtic.
“I wanted to go out at Parkhead with a win. I wanted to go out the right way,” he told Aberdeen’s club television channel. “As soon as we were out of the cup this is what we were looking at.
“We knew it would go down to the wire and since the split we were excellent.
“To go to Celtic and get the win when the stakes were so high was excellent and the perfect way for me to go out.”
McLean now aims to make his mark at international level prior to his switch south, after retaining his place in new boss McLeish’s summer touring party.
“Any Scottish player wants to be in that squad,” he said.
“It is a different experience to club level, loads of quality.
“I had a break from it after my first cap and that was frustrating but you just have to work hard. When the chance comes you have to take it.”