An abundance of experience for the defence
Right full-back Paul Verhaegh makes the move from FC Augsburg.
VfL Wolfsburg have secured the services of right full-back Paul Verhaegh from FC Augsburg. The 33-year-old defender signed a two-year deal with the Wolves at the weekend and will wear the number 3 jersey in the future. The details for the transfer remain undisclosed by both clubs. The long-term captain bid his team mates, the staff and the fans in Augsburg farewell on Sunday and he will undertake his first training session with the Green-Whites today. Subsequently, Paul Verhaegh will then be officially presented to the press.
"Paul Verhaegh has spent many years playing his football in the Bundesliga. He can lead his team both on as well as off the pitch and he is one of the most consistent full-backs in the league. We are delighted that Paul has made the decision to sign for VfL Wolfsburg and I would like to thank Stefan Reuter for making Paul’s transfer to VfL possible," commented sporting director Olaf Rebbe. Head-coach Andries Jonker: "Paul will further strengthen our defence. On the right side, we have had a number of injury-related absentees of late and the pre-season preparations proved that we would have to do something in that position, even if it means an increased battle for places in the future in that role. Paul can help us immediately and, with his experience, prove a vital point of contact for the young players."
Paul Verhaegh, who in seven years at FC Augsburg made 224 competitive appearances (22 goals, 15 assists) and took third place with Holland at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (56 minutes of action in the second-round against Mexico), is excited about the challenge that awaits him: "I am delighted to again have the opportunity to take on a new challenge at this stage of my career – that’s not a matter of course at my age and it’s a great chance for me. There is a new team being pieced together at VfL and I want to be a part of helping the club to achieve their goals. I had some wonderful years in Augsburg, which I will most definitely never forget. I have so much to be thankful to FCA for and I wish the club, the team, all the staff and the fans all the very best!"
In Holland, prior to beginning his Bundesliga career, the three-time Dutch international, who learned his trade in the PSV Eindhoven youth teams, played for FC Den Bosch, AGOVV Apeldoorn and Vitesse Arnheim – making 208 professional appearance (seven goals, ten assist). The man from Sevenum became an Under 21 European Champions with the Netherlands in 2006.