Olivier Deschacht (37) has a new club will be found. The defender signed on Saturday a contract until the end of the season at Lokeren, the club where he is still in the childhood played. Monday he officially proposed. Deschacht was a free player since his contract with Anderlecht at the end of last season was past.
The circle is round. 21 years after Olivier Deschacht Lokeren left for Anderlecht, he turns his back now. That has now also officially confirmed by Lokeren. He explained to Saturday morning his medical tests and signed afterwards a contract until the end of the season. It is for Deschacht a return to the heimat. Because he played there in the youth and his father was there in the past shirtsponsor. Now, the 37-year-old defender from the club the chance to make his career in beauty to close. Because Deschacht was still with a bitter feeling since leaving Anderlecht.
“I have a feeling that I was not yet ready to take my football career to end and I still desire to hit the ball,” explains Deschacht out on the site of the city of Lokeren. “I am glad I get the chance to urge to the game continue to experience. I also know a lot of players and even a number of people from the entourage. Of course I am a slightly older player, but in my experience, and my toughness I bring, and I hope to be able to use for Sporting Lokeren. I miss, of course, wedstrijdritme, but physically I am ready.”
Deschacht was still very motivated to be at the highest level, to play football. Therefore, he maintained this summer his condition at eersteprovincialer Lochristi. Since he joined Anderlecht had to leave, had Deschacht some options. Zulte Waregem was interested, and Herman Van leuven luc van wassenhoven helped him also to have a conversation with Luciano D’onofrio at Antwerp. But it is so Lokeren.
Deschacht made on 18 december 2001 his debut at Anderlecht. He is with 603 official appearances, the player with the most number of matches ever in the shirt of purple and white. For a long time, he seemed to be heading for a career at a single club, but that is now different.