Danish outfit Fortuna Hjorring has secured the services of Janine van Wyk from South Africa’s Sasol Women’s League side JVW FC.
On Saturday, JVW announced that the veteran defender flew to Denmark to finalise her contract with Carrie Kveton’s side.
The breakthrough is happening a few weeks after her Bedfordview-based side participated in the 2019 Dana Cup, and is part of its strategy to establish a partnership with the Hjorring-based outfit.
Van Wyk’s switch comes 12 years after the Banyana defender’s botched trial at the Danish club in 2007, before another failed move to Bristol City in 2012.
Following the development, South Africa’s most-capped player was elated with the opportunity to test herself in Europe and also excel with the Danish top-flight side.
I am incredibly excited to join @FortunaHjorring, a club that has a great development structure and believes in the growth of womens football. I cant wait to get started & contribute to being the best I can be for this amazing team.
Before now, she previously had a two-year stint with Houston Dash in the USA’s National Women’s Soccer League, which expired in January 2019.
She led South Africa to a maiden Women’s World Cup outing in France in June, before picking up a knee injury on the nation’s route to a Cosafa Women’s Cup triumph recently.
Having joined Fortuna, the 32-year-old faces the prospect of making her Women’s Champions League debut in September, thereby joining a list of South Africans to achieve such feat.