‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Rob van Dijk is returning to Feyenoord. The keeper arrives at De Kuip on a free transfer from SC Heerenveen. His role this season will be to fill the gap created by the departure of Sherif Ekramy and Stefan Toonen. The 39-year-old Van Dijk, who has penned a one-year deal with Feyenoord, was at the club between 1992 and 1996 before building an impressive career elsewhere. He has now made 299 official appearances in the Eredivisie, for RKC Waalwijk, PSV, De Graafschap, RKC again and SC Heerenveen.
It's a sort of homecoming for Rob van Dijk, as the keeper took his first steps as a professional at the club back in 1992. 'You could say that. I think it's great to be able to join Feyenoord for a season at my age. I'm very happy.'
Van Dijk joins a number of familiar faces at Feyenoord. Not just Gertjan Verbeek, but also Giovanni van Bronckhorst and technical manager Peter Bosz, who he played alongside in his first stint at De Kuip. 'I also know Kevin Hofland and Theo Lucius from my time at PSV. I'm looking forward to it,' says Van Dijk. 'I know I've not been brought in as first-choice keeper, but I wasn't at Heerenveen either, so…'