Belgian international Timmy Simons has returned to Club Brugge KV from 1. FC Nürnberg on a two-year deal.
The versatile midfielder, 36, has rejoined Club Brugge for an undisclosed fee having left in 2005 for PSV Eindhoven. In a hugely successful first spell at the Jan Breydelstadion, he captained the Bruges side to two Eerste Klasse titles, as well as several domestic cups, and was crowned the 2002 Belgian player of the year.
Simons, capped 93 times by his country, has an option to become a member of the coaching staff when his contract expires. "Club Brugge is in my heart," said the utility man, who departs from Nürnberg having not missed a Bundesliga game in three seasons in Germany.
"A few times it was not possible to reach an agreement with Nürnberg, but eventually we managed to. I still want to win, I still have that drive. I want to win every match, even in training. At the age of 36 my ambition remains to win trophies."
Simons represented home-town team KTH Diest and SK Lommel prior to signing for Club Brugge in summer 2000. At PSV, where he was also skipper, he claimed three Eredivisie championships in succession between 2006 and 2008. Club Brugge will feature in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League following their third-place finish in Belgium.
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