Gypsies front man Afolabi makes move to Belgium

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonathan Afolabi has traded Phibsboro for Kortrijk, West Flanders after Belgian club KV Kortrijk won the race for his signature.

Afolabi enjoyed a sensational League of Ireland top flight campaign in the colour of Bohemians, finishing joint-top scorer in the League of Ireland Premier Division with 15 goals.

Such was the 23-year-old’s form he earned a call-up to senior international squad and captured the attention of a number of clubs around Europe.

The PFA Ireland Player of the Year Award nominee was linked to a number of clubs in England and there was rumour a number of Belgium clubs were interested.  

However, he is KV Kortrijk bound, the club who made an off of €200,000 last month agreeing an undisclosed fee with Bohemians as a well as personal terms with the striker.

“It has been a pleasure and an honour to play for Bohs the last year and a half,” Afolabi said in a statement.

“I’d like to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and all the fans for making my time here very enjoyable.

“I’ll be moving on with a lot of good memories and moments in my career that have helped me improve.”

The former Celtic and Southampton frontman goes straight into a relegation battle with his new club routed at the bottom of the Belgian Pro League 11 points and three places from safety.

With the Belgian top flight on a winter break until January 20, Afolabi has time settle in at his new club and impress his way onto the team sheet.

Pictures: John Sheridan / Sportsfile

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