Ball playing defender Jordy de Wijs signed for City in July 2018, joining Nigel Adkins’ new look championship defensive line. His debut against Aston Villa was iffy, but the talents that the Dutchman offered were plain to see and he soon established himself as a regular in the City defence. Jordy offered tough tackling, reliable distribution and powerful heading, an effective skillset for a dominant Championship centre back that also met the approval of new manager Grant McCann in Jordy’s second season. As the 2019/20 season progressed Jordy’s partnership with Reece Burke became pivotal to City’s success – or failure, when spells of injury robbed the Tigers of de Wijs’s services. By the end of the season City were marooned at the foot of the table and de Wijs’s form had waned considerably.
After a summer of transfer rumours, de Wijs started the 2020/21 League One campaign in the City first team, though shorn of the captaincy that he was handed in June 2020 after Eric Lichaj’s post-lockdown departure. However the autumnal emergence of Jacob Greaves in the City defence meant that Jordy lost his place and in January 2021 he was loaned to Queens Park Rangers.
Although born in Belgium to a family of professional footballers, de Wijs was raised in Holland and was on PSV Eindhoven’s books from the age of 10. He made his B team debut in 2014 and also made a handful of Eredivise appearances for the first team. de Wijs spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Rotterdam-based side Excelsior and showed form that attracted City’s interest.
Jordy’s move to QPR was made permanent in May 2021 on expiry of his loan spell, during which he became an important figure in the R’s defence. However he had again drifted out of first team contention by January 2022, having scored once in 22 senior appearances. He joined German Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Dusseldorf on a half-season loan, a move that was made permanent in June 2022.
de Wijs played at all youth levels for Holland from under-17s through to under-21s.
Date/Place of Birth: 8 January 1995, Kortrijk (Belgium)
Hull City First Game: 6 August 2018, Aston Villa H (Championship), 23 years, 210 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 November 2020, Stevenage A (FA Cup Second Round), 25 years, 326 days old
PSV Eindhoven (2014-2018), Excelsior (2017-2018, loan), Hull City (2018-2021), Queens Park Rangers (2021, loan), Queens Park Rangers (2021-2022), Fortuna Dusseldorf (2022, loan), Fortuna Dusseldorf (2022-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 76 apps, 3 goalsJordy de Wijs
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