Caitlin Dijkstra joins She-Wolves

VfL are loaning the defender back to FC Twente for 12 months.

Die VfL-Wolfsburg-Spielerin Caitlin Dijkstra im Trikot der Wölfe.

VfL Wolfsburg are continuing to fine-tune their squad for the coming years, securing the services of 24-year-old central defender Caitlin Dijkstra on a free transfer from FC Twente Enschede. The Dutch international has signed a contract through to 30 June 2026, but she won’t play for the Green-and-Whites next season after being loaned back to Twente for another year to continue gaining experience.

The 24-year-old has been a Twente player since 2021/2022, featuring on a regular basis last season as they won the Dutch league title. The defender has won ten international caps since making her senior Netherlands debut in November 2021, and is currently preparing for the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with her Oranje colleagues.

“Step to a top foreign club”

"From day one, I’ve really felt at home in Enschede and have made great progress in my development," said Dijkstra, who is pleased with VfL’s offer to loan her back to Twente for another year. “I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I want to make the step to a top foreign club, but I don't want my development to come to a standstill either. To improve as a player, you have to play. You need routine to be able to anticipate in-game situations as well as possible. Fortunately, VfL Wolfsburg is a club that sees things the same way. I'm grateful for the trust I'm getting and I'm looking forward to playing for Wolfsburg the season after next.”

“Important long-term reinforcement”

Ralf Kellermann, director of women’s football at VfL Wolfsburg, added: “We’re very pleased to sign Caitlin, a central defender with international experience. I’m convinced of her great potential and with her defensive skills, she’ll be an important long-term reinforcement for our team. Due to current circumstances in our squad, we initially want to offer her the opportunity to develop at FC Twente for another year before coming to Wolfsburg.”

Eighth new signing

In addition to Dijkstra, VfL Women have already confirmed seven other signings this summer: Chantal Hagel, Anneke Borbe, Lisa Schmitz, Vivien Endemann, Riola Xhemaili, Camilla Küver and Fenna Kalma are all joining the She-Wolves for 2023/24.