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Steve de Ridder signs three-year deal with Utrecht

Steve de Ridder signs a three-year deal with Eredivisie side FC Utrecht.

Former Southampton winger Steve de Ridder has signed for Eredivisie outfit FC Utrecht on a free transfer.

The 26-year-old Belgian left the Saints by mutual consent after spending the last six months of the season at Bolton Wanderers.

"FC Utrecht is a nice club, with an avid and passionate supporters," De Ridder told the club's official website.

"I hope to be of great value for FC Utrecht. Here I am going to do my best."

De Ridder, who arrived at St. Mary's from De Graafschap in 2011, has signed a three-year deal at the Stadion Galgenwaard.

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