Thomas Vermaelen joins RKC on loan

Thomas Vermaelen will finish the 2004-2005 season with RKC Waalwijk. The defender joins the club from Waalwijk on loan to June 2005.

,,For his development as a young and talented player it is necessary for him to gain experience at the highest level'', said coach Ronald Koeman.

Belgium-born Vermaelen (19) has been under contract with Ajax since 1 July 2003. His contract runs to 30 June 2007. Vermaelen played one match in the first team, in the away match against FC Volendam on 15 February 2004. This season he played seven matches for Young Ajax, scoring once.