AN imposing central defender from a family of footballers, Jordy de Wijs became QPR’s second signing of the mid-season transfer window on Thursday 14th January.
Born in Kortrijk, Belgium, Jordy is a third-generation footballer in his family. His father, Edwin, made more than a century of appearances at the top level of Dutch football – representing the likes of RKC, NEC, De Graafschap, KV Kortrijk and TOP Oss across his career.
His grandfather Hans played professionally, too. He was a goalkeeper who played over 300 times for Dutch club Den Bosch and, after hanging up his gloves in 1987, grandfather Hans embarked on a coaching career that is still ongoing to this day.
In 1991, as Assistant Manager of Den Bosch, he helped them reach the final of the Dutch Cup, which they lost 1-0 to Feyenoord.
For Jordy, football started at Vlijmense Boys and then RKC Waalwijk, before he joined the academy of Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven in 2005.
After progressing through the ranks at PSV, de Wijs would gain senior experience with Jong PSV (PSV’s B Team) in the second tier of Dutch football.
Whilst playing regularly for Jong PSV, de Wijs also featured fleetingly for the club’s first team. His made his senior debut for PSV in the Champions League in October 2015, with his Eredivisie bow then coming 10 days later in a thrilling 6-3 away win at De Graafschap.
Two loan spells at Excelsior – in 2016/17 and 2017/18 – provided him with the opportunity to gain regular experience in the Dutch top flight and he made 35 appearances across those two campaigns.
De Wijs’ performances for Excelsior had alerted the attentions of clubs abroad and, in the summer of 2018, he headed to England to join Hull City.
In his first campaign in the Sky Bet Championship he made 32 appearances, helping the Tigers to a 13th place finish in the second tier.
Last term, the Dutchman made a further 35 appearances – scoring two goals – and would end the season as Hull’s captain.
In the first half of 2020/21, de Wijs has been limited to just nine appearances and, no doubt, he’ll be eager to hit the ground running in W12.
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- Full Name:
- Jordy de Wijs
- Date of birth:
- 8th January 1995
- 189 cm
- 95 kg
- Date signed:
- 14th January 2021