Despite having a year left on his contract, Chris Löwe, after three years with Huddersfield Town, decided to return to Germany this summer, signing for Dynamo Dresden in the country’s second-tier.
Swapping the Championship for the league below the Bundesliga might have raised a few eyebrows, but it was a no-brainer for the left-back, who explains to FreiePresse the 2018-19 campaign had really taken its toll on him.
He said: “The first two years of promotion and staying up were the most beautiful I have experienced in my career, but the last one was the complete opposite of the others and the most difficult time of my career.”
Only winning three times in 38 games, Huddersfield unceremoniously collapsed under David Wagner, and his replacement Jan Siewert, who has since been sacked himself, was unable to turn things around.
Löwe explains the results ‘gnawed at his self confidence’: “You take this home with you and it wasn’t particularly pleasant for me or the family”.
The decision to return to his home country was one his household took together, and now ‘everything is much more relaxed’ with everyone he knows and loves nearby rather than only seeing them sporadically when he was in England.
Revealing he could have stayed at Huddersfield this season if he wanted to, it seems Löwe has no regrets about his decision, scoring his first goal for Dresden in a 3-0 win against TuS Dassendorf in the DFB-Pokal.
During his time at the John Smith’s Stadium, the left-back made 101 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and assisting teammates five times.