Sparta manages to maintain experienced rock: ‘I had to think about it’

Bart Vriends will also remain connected to Sparta for the next two seasons, reports the club via the official channels. The central defender had an expiring commitment, but extended his contract with the Castle Lords until mid-2024.
In addition, an option for another year is included in his commitment. As of the 2022/23 season, Vriends starts his seventh season in the Sparta kit. โ€œThe discussions with Bart had been running for a long time, from our side the intention to extend was very clearโ€, technical director Gerard Nijkamp responds to the extension via the club site.
According to the driver, Vriends had a foreign adventure in mind. โ€œFortunately, we got out of it and we can look ahead with Bart to, at least, the next two seasons. He has become an important part of the club.โ€ The man himself responds via a video message from his vacation address in Colombia.
He admits that Vriends doubted a longer stay on Spangen. โ€œI had to think about it for a while, but I just stay on board,โ€ says the experienced man. โ€œTwo more years. I haven‘t had enough of it. I’m looking forward to it and I hope you too. We are going to continue the line of the last few weeks and not unimportant: finally playing on a lawnโ€, he concludes with a laugh.

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โ€” Sparta Rotterdam (@SpartaRotterdam) June 10, 2022