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Cherries: Demouge pleased to complete loan move
CHERRIES forward Frank Demouge admitted he was pleased to be back in Holland after completing his loan move away from Dean Court.
Dutch top-flight outfit Roda JC have confirmed the signing of the 30-year-old on a deal until the end of the season, as predicted by the Daily Echo on Monday.
Demouge – Cherries’ marquee summer signing – has made just two appearances during a brief stint in Dorset.
Signed on a free transfer by ex-boss Paul Groves, Demouge failed to make an impact with Cherries after penning a two-year contract.
He sustained an injury in his first training session with Cherries and missed the opening two months of the season with a knee problem.
And despite starting in defeats against Walsall and Crawley in Groves’s final matches at the helm, Demouge could not get back into the team.
The Dutchman, a proven performer in his homeland, reportedly told elfvoetbal.nl: “I can help Roda. We must quickly look up in instead of down.
“I’m happy to be back in the Netherlands. Roda is a nice club to play football.”
Roda’s general manager Marcel van den Bunder told the club’s website: “We are happy that, just before the end of the transfer period, we have added Frank to our squad.
“Frank is a Dutch boy with a lot of experience in the Eredivisie.”
Demouge was also understood to have attracted interest from Willem II and NEC and is believed to have turned down a loan move to League Two strugglers Aldershot last week.
Cherries boss Eddie Howe told the Daily Echo: “We have quality players in that position and Frank has found it difficult to get a chance to stake his claim. Due to the form of those players, he has been short of match time.
“We have watched him in training and in reserve games and don’t feel he has warranted a place ahead of the other strikers.
“With the age that Frank is, I think he has to take that into account as well. He wants to play football and I can understand that.”