Jordy de Wijs joined the Tigers from PSV Eindhoven in July 2018, signing an initial three-year contract.
Born in Kortrijk, Belgium, de Wijs comes from a footballing family with his father Edwin a former professional footballer who played over 100 league matches at the highest level of Dutch football, whilst his grandfather, Hans van der Pluijm, played over 300 games for FC Den Bosch in his career and is currently the manager of Tanzanian side Singida United.
He began his career on the books of RKC Waalwijk prior to joining PSV Eindhoven’s youth set-up in 2005, where he rose through the ranks to sign professional terms.
He made his professional debut for PSV’s reserve side – Jong PSV – who ply their trade in the second tier of Dutch football, playing the full 90 minutes as his side registered a 3-1 away win against Almere City in February 2014 and went on to make a further six appearances in the remainder of the 2013/14 campaign.
The following season saw him establish himself as a regular feature in the Jong PSV backline, showing his versatility by operating at left-back as well as in a central role, making 25 appearances in all competitions. He also celebrated scoring his first senior goal that season when finding the back of the net in a 5-1 victory over FC Den Bosch in September 2014.
2015/16 was the season he made his first-team breakthrough at PSV, as his impressive progress was rewarded with a debut in the Dutch outfit’s 2-0 Champions League defeat to VFL Wolfsburg in October 2015, with de Wijs coming to feature in the last 16 minutes of the Group Stage tie at left-back.
His league debut followed in the same month, also as a late substitute in a home defeat to De Graafschap, whilst that season also saw him perform impressively for PSV’s reserves in the Eerste Divisie, making a total of 21 appearances, scoring three goals.
He gained further Champions League experience in 2016/17, coming on as a half-time substitute in PSV’s 2-0 defeat to Spanish side Atlético Madrid in November 2016, whilst also being on the bench for three other Group Stage fixtures.
After failing to feature for PSV in the first half of the season, de Wijs joined Excelsior on loan, going on to feature 15 times in the top-flight of Dutch football.
After making one league appearance for PSV in the opening game of the 2017/18 season, he returned to the Stadion Woudestein to gain further first-team experience, making 21 appearances in all competitions in what was an injury-disrupted campaign.
Despite being born in Belgium, de Wijs has represented Holland at Under-17, Under-18, Under-20 and Under-21 levels and has nine appearances in the famous Orange shirt to his name – with the 23-year-old’s last cap for the 21s coming back in 2015.
de Wijs arrived at the KCOM Stadium with plenty of experience having made over 100 competitive appearances in all competitions.
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