The Newcastle United winger moved to Sheffield Wednesday on loan in January.
Ronaldo Aarons has suggested that Sheffield Wednesday’s sizeable following is the reason he has adapted so quickly following his January move from Newcastle United.
Aarons has appeared six times during his Hillsborough loan spell and started each of the Owls’ last three fixtures, in which he has assisted two goals.
The last of those was Monday’s Steel City Derby encounter with Sheffield United, which was played in front of a near-32,000 crowd.
And speaking via the official Sheffield Wednesday website on Friday, Aarons said it’s been a while since he heard anything like noise levels generated that night.
“The fans have been brilliant, they have shown a lot of support home and away and I’ve been getting nice feedback and it’s always nice to read,” he said.
“After the game against Swansea I got a standing ovation and it was really nice. A special moment and I appreciated it. I’m just happy to have that support really.
“Just before the Sheffield United game, the loud cheer before kick-off after the song had finished was unreal, it’s been a while since I’ve heard anything like that. It was surreal but it was a fantastic atmosphere.
“You could feel the eagerness from the fans and their energy. But at the same time, you don’t think about it too much because the game is moving, it felt different from the other games.
“I’m not surprised Derby this weekend is a sell-out – the fans have been unreal.
“They come in numbers everywhere and that sort of reminds me of Newcastle and it’s probably also why I have adapted so quickly here.”
Before Sheffield Wednesday, Aarons had loan spells at Hellas Verona and Slovan Liberec, where average attendances are far lower than the Owls’.
The 23-year-old is due back at Newcastle this summer, at which point he’ll have two years left on his contract.
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