“I will fly to Turkey first on Thursday,” Klomp said. “Due to the crown, Canada and the United States do not allow direct flights from European countries. I will stay in Turkey for two weeks and then fly to the United States and Canada.”
At the end of January, Cavalry FC announced the arrival of Daan Klomp. A striking move for Klomp, who has only made nine Eredivisie appearances with NAC Breda and also played on hire for FC Oss and Helmond Sport.
“The system works differently in Canada and the Netherlands,” says Klomp. “The clubs tell the association what type of players they are looking for. The association then orders the scouts to look for these players in Europe. Three scouts came to see me. One of them then organized the transfer. “
Daan Klomp played as a youth with Bevelanders in Kamperland and JVOZ in Vlissingen before leaving for NAC Breda. In 2017, the center-back signed a three-year contract with NAC Breda. He was loaned to TOP Oss and Helmond Sport. Last summer, his contract with NAC Breda was not renewed.
It took – due to the crown – a bit longer before his visa was approved, but the light is now on green. The cavalry play home games at the Spruce Meadows Multipurpose Sports Complex just south of Calgary. “People will know Calgary for its ice skating and the Olympics. A city of 1.4 million people, ”says Klomp.
Klomp finds himself in a country where football is not one of the most popular sports. “Horse racing was held primarily at Spruce Meadows, but football is becoming more and more popular. Sufficient funds have also been raised to establish a professional football club.”
The defender had an introductory meeting with coach and general manager Tommy Wheeldon. He has yet to meet his teammates. “How do they pronounce my name? I’m thinking for now Dean, but I understood that I already have hoof clogs has been mentioned (Dutch who walks a lot on clogs, editor’s note). “
With his transition, an uncertain period for Klomp comes to an end. He has been without a club since this summer as NAC Breda did not renew the expiring contract. After that, Klomp trained with Team VVCS, the team of players without a contract. “From around September to January, I wasn’t sure if I could stay professional, but luckily there was some clarity.
Klomp is in good shape, but lacks competitive rhythm. Almost a year ago, he played his last official match. Recently, he kept his health up to standard in Roosendaal with Paul Jongmans, a physiotherapist he has known from his time at CNA Breda.
Preparation for the new season began in Canada on March 1. Cavalry FC finished first in the Premier League in 2020. The first game of the new season is scheduled for August.
Klomp signed a contract for one season. The contract is automatically extended if Klomp intervenes for a certain percentage of the matches.