GLENN LOOVENS SEALS LONG-TERM CARDIFF DEAL

Glenn Loovens has converted his loan deal into a permanent move to Welsh club Cardiff City. The 22-year-old defender has signed a three-year contract with the English Championship side, after completing a year on loan at Ninian Park. Loovens is a product of Feyenoord’s Varkenoord youth academy. After graduating to the first team, the defender made 27 full appearances for the club. He ended up in Cardiff after loan spells at Excelsior and De Graafschap.

Loovens expressed a wish to leave Feyenoord in January in the club newspaper Feyenoord Krant. ‘I have said my farewells to Feyenoord in my head. That sounds easy, but it’s not a decision you can take overnight. I have been at the club too long for that. I was in the first team squad for five years, but I’ve never had an extended opportunity and I never broke through. That’s why I am now choosing for myself. This is the third time I’ve been loaned out, I can draw my conclusions from that. It’s no fun to settle down and then to have to leave again. I’ve had to start from the beginning each time and I would like to have a couple of years of clarity so I can break through conclusively. It’s been frustrating not having had this up to now. It’s my decision to go to play elsewhere. But it’s now time to leave. I don’t see my future at Feyenoord any longer. My dream is elsewhere now, the Premiership.´

Loovens made a promising start at Feyenoord in 2002, especially in the Uefa Cup at Ibrox Park against Glasgow Rangers, where Norwegian striker Flo was kept out of the game. Bert van Marwijk and Ruud Gullit both gave the defender a chance to claim a regular first-team place, but Loovens was never able to convince entirely. Under Erwin Koeman Loovens was part of the squad preseason, but stiff competition from Serginho Greene, André Bahia and Karim Saidi meant the youngster had little hope of being first choice. After loans to Excelsior and De Graafschap, Loovens found himself in the shadow of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and some fine appearances in the second tier of English football – as Cardiff City outperformed themselves – has now earned the player a full contract.

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