FC Utrecht have strengthened their squad with the signing of Robin van der Meer on a four-year contract from Go Ahead Eagles.

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der meerFC Utrecht have decided to reinforce their squad on the final few hours of deadline day, following a serious Achilles tendon injury to Edson Braafheid, with the signing of a long term replacement Robin van der Meer for an undisclosed fee.

A deal had been in the pipeline for several days, with negotiations ongoing since Tuesday, but the two clubs were unable to agree a fee for the defender. However, with time pressure mounting on deadline day, the two clubs managed to agree terms with Robin van der Meer himself forgoing his share of the transfer fee in order to secure the move to Utrecht.

Erik ten Hag, FC Utrecht’s coach, is happy with his new arrival, telling the official website, “Robin is a player who possesses the qualities we are looking for in the profile of a defender. He is robust, strong in duels and fast. Moreover, he has a strong desire to move forward. He is available in several positions and has tremendous potential.”

Van der Meer played for Go Ahead Eagles thirty-five times last season helping the team win promotion to the Eredivise. The defender will now join up with his new teammates and hope to be in the squad for Utrecht’s visit to Zwolle on the 11th September.

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