Jan Paul van Hecke joins Blackburn Rovers on loan

Dutch defender to spend season with Championship club.

By BHAFC • 29 August 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
The defender spent last season on loan in the Dutch top-flight with Heerenveen.

Defender Jan Paul van Hecke has joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan.

Albion’s pathway development manager David Weir said, “Jan has been with us for pre-season and done very well, in spite of a short period out with injury. 

“The plan was to get him game time, and this loan provides a great opportunity for him to play regularly in the Championship and that is ideal at this stage of his development.

“After a good year in the Dutch league with Heerenveen, this will give him the chance to get his first experience of English football at a very good level.

“We will monitor him throughout this loan and wish him well for the season ahead.”

The 21-year-old joined Albion from NAC Breda in 2020, before heading out on a season-long loan to Heerenveen where he made 31 appearances scoring once – that goal coming in a 4-1 victory over Sparta Rotterdam.