The fans will be pleased. Faris Haroun will stay at Antwerp for another year. It had been ‘a thing’ for a while, the future of the 36-year-old captain. Under Brian Priske he barely got a job last season and so with his expiring contract he seemed on his way to a farewell in minor. But in the play-offs, the midfielder resurfaced and showed that he is by no means worn out.
He received praise from general manager Sven Jaecques, who praised his mentality, and that was a sign that an extended stay was an option after all. Completely correct, as it turned out. Club and player indicated in conversations that they wanted to continue together, sporting director Marc Overmars worked on it and that now resulted in an agreement. The last details for the contract until 2023 are also in order and so Haroun can start his seventh season at the Bosuil from tomorrow – with the physical tests on the program.
He came over from Cercle Brugge in January 2017 and immediately became a crucial link in forcing the promotion. He’s been the only one for a while survivor of that team and after the departure of Buta the only survivor from the first season in 1A. Faris Haroun, standing strong† Competition will be fierce again, because Antwerp wants to bring in another top midfielder, but Haroun will continue to fight for his place as usual.
And then what after that? A position within the club remains a possibility, but that has yet to be determined. As far as the expiring contracts are concerned, Antwerp has now completed everything. Now it is – after Anthony Valencia – time for incoming transfers, starting with Vincent Janssen.
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