Ferdy’s Staying! Druijf Signs until 2025
In the midst of our summer friendly fixtures, an important personnel decision was reached at SK Rapid. Ferdy Druijf - who was previously on loan with us from AZ Alkmaar - now joins the club on a permanent deal, after both clubs agreed on the terms of his transfer. The 24-year-old has signed a contract in Hütteldorf which runs until the summer of 2025.
As a loanee, Ferdy quickly found his feet at SK Rapid this spring. In just his third competitive match for Austria’s record champions, the stocky centreforward netted his first goal in Green & White, scoring in the opening minute against his fellow countrymen Vitesse Arnhem during a UEFA Europa Conference League match. Until a knee injury curtailed his season from May’s Vienna Derby onwards, the popular Dutchman made 13 competitive appearances for Rapid. The 6’3” striker was in the starting line-up on 11 occasions, and was on the score sheet six times.
Ferdy Druijf had this to say on his move: "I am very happy that my move to SK Rapid has now gone through. After the spring season, it was clear to me that I definitely wanted to move here permanently. I feel incredibly comfortable at this club and in this city, and my family also felt at home here right away. All of this was decisive for me in wanting to continue playing for this special club in the future. I am now happy to be an official SK Rapid player, and can't wait to tackle the upcoming tasks together with my teammates and the support of the fans."
Ferdy Druijf came through the youth ranks of the two-time Dutch champions AZ, and made his professional debut in the Eredivisie in January 2018. In the winter of 2019, the former Dutch youth international was loaned to NEC Nijmegen for six months in the Keuken Kampioen Divisie, the second highest division in The Netherlands. The centre forward scored 15 goals in 18 games before returning to his parent club AZ Alkmaar, where he scored 11 more goals in a total of 35 competitive matches. In January 2021, Druijf moved on loan to KV Mechelen in the Jupiler Pro League. In his time in Belgium, he scored 14 times in 39 games for the 2019 Belgian Cup winners.
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