First Sheffield Wednesday exit confirmed as defender announces Belgian switch
Joost van Aken is the first Sheffield Wednesday confirmed to be leaving the club, and he’s announced his next destination.
The defender had a pretty unhappy time at Hillsborough as he battled injuries, and while the Owls haven’t revealed his departure, the player himself took to Instagram to explain his next move – to Zulte Waragem in Belgium.
Van Aken has signed a two-year deal with the Belgian Pro League side following his exit from Wednesday, and – whilst he’s already been announced – will officially become a Waragem player from July 1st once his SWFC contract comes to an end.
He said on his Instagram page, “I want to thank Sheffield Wednesday for the past four years, I am proud to announce that I will be playing for Essevee for the next few years.”
Meanwhile, he told the club’s official website, “The conversations I had with sporting staff and the people of the club immediately gave me a good feeling,” says van Aken. "I'm looking forward to starting the new season, hopefully with supporters."
The 27-year-old played 33 games in total for the Owls after a big-money move from Heerenveen in the Netherlands, also spending a season on loan in the 2. Bundesliga with Osnabrück.
Van Aken’s new employers finished 10th in the First Division A last season, narrowly missing out on a place in the UEFA Europa League Play-Offs by just a couple of points, and they’ll be hoping to move up a couple of spots next season once their summer recruitment is over.