RKC Waalwijk End of Aug 2028 Transfer Window
The start of 2028/29 season and the board wanted the double (Eredivisie & KNVB Beker) whilst making the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League. For this, we had a £2.06m wage budget & £126m transfer budget...
In the Eredivisie, we kicked off our campaign at home to AFC Ajax Amsterdam. In our usual dominance, we seemed to forget to score and were sucker-punched in the middle of the first half. Luckily, returning hero Frans Konus saved our blushes with a second half equaliser in a 1-1 draw. PEC Zwolle were up next and our strikers put them to the sword with Djeremy Wijdenbosch & Thierry Ambrose scoring before half time as we ran out 2-0 winners. Two unconvincing 1-0 wins over Roda JC Kerkade & sc Heerenveen and I was somewhat wary about our chances this year. Until our last game of August... We romped home 5-1 winners against AZ Alkmaar. 3-0 up within 10 mins, courtesy of a Thierry Ambrose brace and a Casey Rutten free-kick. Thierry Ambrose completed his hat-trick just after half time and 17 year old academy graduate Johan Smit celebrated his recent birthday with his first senior goal with just 5 mins to go.
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In the UEFA Champions League adventure, we were put up against FC Barcelona, SL Benfica & Celtic FC . Think we're gonna struggle to get out of the group...
We also won the traditional Dutch curtain raiser, the Johan Cryuff Shield, with a 3-0 win over AFC Ajax Amsterdam. Goals from Piet van der Linden, Jeffrey Kooiman & Steven Hendricks gave us a good platform to start the season.
We sold off a number of players that wanted out for reasons of wallets bigger than their eyes. Winger Leo Huisting was sold to Real Madrid C.F for £10m + 50%. Other wingers on their way were Faruk Ünal (Sporting de Gijon, £2.5m) and Tom Vissers (Sporting Clube de Portugal, £7m). This left us seriously deficit in wide players, so I resigned winger Frans Konus from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £10m. But, it activated the sell on clause and I only paid £5m in the end . Also coming back was full back Steven Arts, who was released, but signed back on for a year, whilst his replacement in the reserves got a little experience on loan.
Also leaving were young forward Mikkel Jansen to PEC Zwolle for £110k and midfielder Ronald Dekkers to Liverpool for £750k + sell on. We also got £5.7m from the Thor Lemaire sell on.
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