Jan Paul van Hecke

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Jan Paul van Hecke

Jan Paul van Hecke joined Albion from NAC Breda in September 2020, signing a three-year contract.

The centre-back was immediately loaned out to Heerenveen for the 2020/21 season, where he made 28 appearances.

Jan Paul spent the following campaign out on loan, enjoying his first taste of English football with Blackburn Rovers.

He helped them to an impressive eighth placed finish, notably becoming the first loan player to win their Player of the Season award.

His form at club level was recognised by his country, as he made his Netherlands Under-21 debut in June 2022.

The Netherlands under-21 international made his Premier League debut in a 1-0 home win over Leeds in August 2022, before making his first top-tier start in a 2-2 draw at Leicester City.

He finished the 2022/23 with eight Premier League appearances, including a notably impressive display against the league's topscorer Erling Haaland in our 1-1 draw with Manchester City in May 2023.

Jan signed a new deal with us in December 2023 that runs until June 2027. That came during a season in which he shone for Albion, making 39 appearances in all competitions.