Vermijl excited to begin Sheffield Wednesday career

by Ben Topliss

Marnick Vermijl has expressed his delight after sealing a deadline day move to Sheffield Wednesday from Manchester United.

The Belgian joined the Owls today on a three and a half year deal following an impressive loan spell at NEC Nijmegen last season.

The defender was unable to force his way into Louis van Gaal‘s side this campaign but the move to Wednesday will give him a chance to properly introduce himself to English football.

Speaking to Wednesday’s official website, Vermijl said: “I’m really excited. This is a fantastic place to play your football and now I just want to pull on the shirt on play.

“We are nine points of the play-offs and there is everything to play for. I just want to get started. I had a good year in Holland and the Championship is also a very high standard.

“I am eager to learn and delighted to be playing for this club. Pace is my trademark, I like to get up and down, and I like to think I am good in the tackle too.”

Vermijl also revealed Will Keane was influential in his move to Wednesday: “Will is my friend and he told me nothing but good things about Sheffield Wednesday.

“He told me about how he has enjoyed it here and the size of the club.

“It made my decision easier because I am at a very important stage of my career.

“I know this is the right move for me and I am now looking forward to getting started with my new team mates.”

Vermijl’s versatility, which made him an important component of Warren Joyce’s U21s team at Man United, means he’ll be able to fit into a variety of positions and will be consistent with his performances.

He was set to undergo a medical at Belgian side Lokeren last week ahead of a transfer but the deal collapsed after their current right-back Georgios Galitsios made a U-turn on contract negotiations.

The 23-year-old deserves a chance to play first-team football regularly and we will be keeping an eye on Vermijl’s performances to see how he gets on.

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