After two special and difficult weeks I am very happy to be able to announce some very good news finally. I will be very proud and honored to be wearing the shirt of Real Club de Polo de Barcelona next season. With the cooperation and council of their main sponsor, EXIN Group, an international financial service provider, we were able to rescue my season.
As it is known, the Belgian hockey federation has revoked my playing rights for the Belgian Honour Division this season due to an administrative error through no fault of myself. As an ambitious player in the Dutch national team, not playing for an entire season was never an option for me. Therefore, I’m very happy Real Club de Polo de Barcelona has given me the opportunity to keep on playing my sports at the highest level of competition. The ambition with my new club is not only to reach for the Spanish title and cup, but also to score big in the European competition, the EHL. I hope to contribute my part.
I wish for my team at Royal Antwerp Hockey Club to find the way to turn their misfortune into strength and make a success of their season, in spite of the disproportionate punishment they were given by the Belgian federation. My attention for the coming season will however be for 100% with my new club in Barcelona to chase our dreams and trophies.