‘The confidence is back,’ said a satisfied Feyenoord head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst on Friday afternoon, two days ...
Feyenoord and Pieter Collen have reached agreement on an extension to the defender’s contract. The Belgian had been told that he would be allowed to leave on a free, but the impressive way he has worked his way back into the first team has now earned him a deal that keeps him at De Kuip until 2008. ‘It seems that people still feel I have it in me,’ says Collen. ‘That’s great, because I now want to do something for Feyenoord.’
‘I have been under contract at the club for a very long time, but I’ve never felt I have been able to give enough back,’ continues Collen. ‘Major and minor injuries prevented that. That’s why I am so happy to now have been given the chance to do what I was once brought to Feyenoord to do: play in the first team.
‘I see my contract extension as a reward for the way I have fought back and as a mark of the club’s confidence,’ concludes Collen. ‘It seems that people still feel I have it in me. That’s great, because I now want to do something for Feyenoord.’