HENK TIMMER BACK AT DE KUIP

Feyenoord and AZ reached agreement Thursday on the transfer of Henk Timmer to Rotterdam. The switch sees the 34-year-old keeper return to his old stomping ground, as Timmer was under contract at De Kuip back in the 2001/2002 season, when he made three appearances for the club. ‘I’ve always said, in that one year Feyenoord became my club,’ says Timmer. ‘So when you get the chance to come back it’s fantastic.’

Timmer returns to Feyenoord as one of the Eredivisie’s most experienced keepers. Since breaking through the ranks at PEC Zwolle in 1989, he’s made more than 400 professional appearances. He’s also broken into the international set-up under Marco van Basten, starting twice and earning a place in the Germany 2006 squad.

‘I was very settled at AZ, but I had a difference of opinion with Louis van Gaal,’ says Timmer. ‘Then Feyenoord came in and I didn’t have to think it over for very long. I experienced so much during my year in Rotterdam and I still think about it now. I always said that Feyenoord became my club. So when you get the chance to come back it’s fantastic. I did everything in my power to bring the transfer about.’

‘Erwin Koeman really wanted to have two experienced keepers in his squad,’ admits technical manager Peter Bosz, ‘So we are delighted to sign Henk Timmer. Henk ticks all the boxes. He’s a current international for a reason.’

Provided Timmer passes the medical and the player strikes a deal with the club on the finer details of his stay in Rotterdam, the goalie will sign a two-year contract, joining the rest of the squad for training for the first time Monday 17 July. Timmer himself does not expect to have to make alternative plans. ‘I’ve been examined from head to toe so often with Oranje this past month, it would be very strange if they were to find anything this time.’

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