South African striker Lars Veldwijk has once again played a huge part in helping a club get promoted, this is after his South Korean side FC Suwon won promotion to the K-League 1 this past weekend.
Although they played out to a 1-1 draw against Gyeongnam their second-place finish in the regular season meant that they will get promoted as per the rules with no extra-time or penalties involved in the play-offs.
The 29-year-old arrived at Suwon after leaving giants Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors where he struggled to get some game time due to the league rules of local players being prioritized more than their foreign counter-parts. He competed with a young local striker which meant he struggled to get more league starts and mostly came off the bench in games.
This is Veldwijk’s second time helping a club get promoted after he did the same for Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam in the 2018/19 season where he scored 24 league goals and they finished the 2018/19 season in second place.
It has been quite a journey for Veldwijk who has played in Belgium, England, Netherlands, Norway and now in South Korea. His goal scoring ability has always been his strength as he has scored in all the clubs he has played for and always been the reliable force up front when it comes to banging in goals.
FC Suwon return to the top flight for the first time in almost three years after being relegated back to K-League 2 three seasons ago. The club has gone through a major transformation in recent years with a major investment coming in to help them get back to the top and indeed it has been worth every cent as they have now achieved their goal.
Veldwijk will be eager to get back to business as soon as the season resumes next season and prove that indeed he belongs up there with the big boys.
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By Prince Sobayeni