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Striker ‘pleased’ to leave Nottingham Forest

Lars Veldwijk, who sealed a move away from Championship side Nottingham Forest on Deadline Day, says that he is ‘pleased’ to exit the City Ground after a frustrating spell with the club. The Dutchman signed for Belgian Pro League side KV Kortrijk on a free transfer.

Since making the move to Nottinghamshire in 2014 for £500,000 by then manager Stuart Pearce the 25-year-old forward only netted once for the club, in an EFL Cup victory away to Millwall earlier this season. He spent the majority of his time away from the club on loan, spending last season in Holland with PEC Zwolle scoring 14 goals.

Although Veldwijk, who has previously played for Dordrecht, says he was unaware about the history of the Belgian club, he said that he is glad to sign and ultimately end his spell with Forest,

“When my agent called about the interest of KV Kortrijk I honestly did not know so much about the club. I know only that they have an old stadium, but that there would be lots of atmosphere on game days.

“Indeed, there were teams from Scotland and Turkey interested and I also spoke with ADO Den Haag, Zwolle, Utrecht, Vitesse and some Dutch clubs. Yes, I was on a lot of lists, but nothing happened.

“I am pleased that I have come away from Nottingham, they did not always do great.”

Kortrijk are owned by Vincent Tan, who is also the owner of Championship club Cardiff City, Bosnian side FK Sarajevo and a part owner of Major League Soccer expansion franchise Los Angeles Football Club.

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