Heerenveen has confirmed the signing of Brighton & Hove Albion centre-back Jan Paul van Hecke on a season-long loan deal.

The 20-year-old joined Brighton from NAC Breda two weeks ago, but will be immediately loaned to Heerenveen.

Heerenveen technical director Gerry Hamstra told the club’s website, “It is very nice that Jan Paul has chosen us. The fact that a Premier League club takes him over as a player from the first division says everything about the talent, the quality and the potential that Jan Paul has. With him, we are now more broad in our choices at the back. Jan Paul is making a speedy development. Which he may continue with us. “

Van Hecke made 16 appearances for NAC Breda’s first-team in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie.

He is the latest player to join Heerenveen after Henk Veerman, Pawel Bochniewicz, Erwin Mulder, Ulysses Llanez, Sieben Dewaele, Joaquin Fernรกndez and Oliver Batista Meier.

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