Defender Mike te Wierik has left Derby County to re-join Eredivisie side FC Groningen.

Starting his career at Heracles Almelo and making 144 league appearances, the Dutchman then made 89 appearances for Trots van het Noorden between 2017 and 2020, before leaving for Pride Park on a free transfer. Te Wierik was named Groningen captain in 2018.

He had a tough time of it at Derby, only making four league appearances since joining in the summer transfer window, and didn’t make a single start during Wayne Rooney’s time as caretaker manager.

Now-manager Rooney made te Wierik available to find another club in January, and several other clubs besides Groningen were keen to sign the 28-year-old.

According to the Derby Telegraph, FC Utrecht, Fortuna Sittard, Heracles Almelo and 2. Bundesliga side FC St. Pauli also expressed an interest, but te Wierik has opted to return to the Hitachi Stadion.

Te Wierik’s first opportunity to run out in his second spell at FC Groningen may be away at Vitesse on Saturday 23 January.

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