Gregory van der Wiel is training at RKC Waalwijk. The former player of Ajax and the Dutch national team aims to enforce a contract with the Eredivisionist.
32-year-old Van der Wiel was last under contract with Toronto FC, where he left in March 2019. Since then, the right back has been without a club. “But I never closed the professional football chapter,” he says on the RKC site on Thursday.
“I am still in love with the game and would like to work with the ball at a professional level on a daily basis and be on the field with teammates. The motivation to get the most out of it is great, I am looking forward to it.”
Van der Wiel hopes that his period at RKC will result in a contract. “The pleasant conversations with Fred Grim and Mo Allach and the good feeling at the club made me decide to join RKC. The coming period will show what this will bring me and RKC.”
Gregory van der Wiel played the most games of his career for Ajax. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van der Wiel had best years at Ajax and PSG
Van der Wiel was part of the youth academies of Haarlem and Ajax and made his debut in March 2007 in the first team of the Amsterdam team. He won the club twice and made a top transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2012.
In Paris, Van der Wiel won four league titles. Since 2016, he played briefly for Fenerbahçe, Cagliari and Toronto. On behalf of the Orange, he came to 46 international matches and played in the lost World Cup final of 2010.
From the Orange squad that lost the final to Spain, Van der Wiel is not the first to show his face on the Dutch fields this year. Arjen Robben is making his comeback at FC Groningen this season, Maarten Stekelenburg returned to Ajax and Wesley Sneijder is thinking about playing for FC Utrecht.
RKC, which was last in the Eredivisie last season but not relegated thanks to the decision of the KNVB, has strengthened itself so far with keeper Kostas Lamprou, defender Thierry Lutonda and attacker James Efmorfidis.
Gregory van der Wiel in action during the 2010 World Cup final against Spain lost. (Photo: Pro Shots)