Former Dutch international Edson Braafheid has completed a return to FC Utrecht, signing a one-year contract following his release by Lazio.

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braafheidThe thirty-three-year-old experienced defender was at Lazio for the past two seasons, but has now decided to return to the Netherlands in order to be closer to his family. Braafheid signed a one-year deal at FC Utrecht where he played from 2003 until 2007.

Samir El Gaaouiri, Braafheid’s agent, told Voetbal International that “Edson has reached an age at which he chooses for his family. Utrecht gives him the opportunity to come back to the Netherlands and Edson also feels that both can do a lot together.”

FC Utrecht have had a disappointing start to the new season with a draw and loss in their opening two matches. However, the club will be hoping Braafheid’s experience will improve their fortunes as they challenge for a place in the Europa League, which they narrowly missed out on last season.

Speaking about the transfer, Coach Erik ten Hag told the official website that “Because of his game and preparation we are convinced that Edson is the right man in the right place, where other boys can learn and improve from this experience.”

Prior to Lazio, Edson Braafheid has also represented Bayern Munchen, Celtic and 1899 Hoffenheim. He will be hoping to make his return for FC Utrecht as they take on AZ Alkmaar at the Stadion Galgenwaard this Sunday.

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