GLENN GOES WELSH IN LOAN DEAL

Glenn Loovens has joined Cardiff City on loan with immediate effect. The Welsh club have taken on the Rotterdammer for one season. It’s a dream come true for Loovens, who is excited about playing in the UK. ‘The times I’ve played there have made an impression on me. So I’m glad about this. I’d rather have stayed at Feyenoord, but I want to play and with Saidi, Gibbs, Bahia and Greene as competition that would be tough.’

Loovens was charmed by the city and the club on his visit to Cardiff. ‘They are busy building a new stadium and I’ve seen that the potential is there to take a step forward. They now play in the Championship, which is a division below the Premiership. I hope to have a share in the sporting evolution. And the city appealed to me too, especially the harbour was brilliant. The perception of football in the UK appeals enormously to me and I’m happy with the move.’

The loan deal is the third for Loovens, who has lodged at Excelsior in the past and last season was at De Graafschap, where the young defender was unable to turn things around when he arrived after the winter break as the club were ultimately relegated from the Eredivisie. Loovens has played 27 competitive matches for Feyenoord. The defender has a contract until mid-2007.

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