Grand Rapids, Mi – Grand Rapids Football Club is incredibly pleased to announce the signing of Floris Van Nijnanten. Van Nijnanten joins the Boys in Blue after an extensive upbringing in the Dutch amateur and professional ranks. He represented the professional side, NAC Breda for years in their amateur teams and was a U-16 Dutch National team selection, being named one of the top 30 players in the country for his age. Recently, he transferred to VV Baronie’s senior team while still officially being labeled a youth player. Looking to take on new challenges in America, Floris transferred to Nova Southeastern University in Florida, where he currently represents the Sharks in NCAA Division II.
When asked about GRFC and the 2021 season, Van Nijnanten said, “I am very excited to travel to Michigan and play for Grand Rapids FC. I hear very positive stories from Michigan, so I can’t wait to play competitive games again and discover a new part of America.” Floris continued, “I look forward to meeting my fellow players and staff. When I originally heard of GRFC one thing immediately caught my attention, the fans! I hope we will entertain them and win a championship.”
Stu Collins commented, “Floris is a tremendous player and someone I put a lot of time into recruiting. His quality on the ball is second to none and his versatility will be a huge asset to us.” Regarding his Dutch upbringing, Collins added, “He has had a great football education in the Netherlands, and I am sure he will be a welcomed addition to this part of the world for many.”
Grand Rapids FC has some big announcements coming up including our full 2021 season schedule and home field!