WESLEY Hoedt revealed he didn’t expect to find himself playing in Belgium in order to get his career back on track.

After falling out of favour at Saints, the defender joined Antwerp on loan until the end of this season.

He said: “If you play regularly in Serie A at the age of 20, make your debut for the Oranje two years later and then complete a transfer to the Premier League, you don’t expect to be loaned out to Antwerp a few years later. It was not that I signed blindly.

“If you are under contract with Southampton and have played for Celta and Lazio previously, a transfer to Belgium is an unexpected one and not one which is immediately obvious.”

Hoedt went on to reveal that he’d be open to a return to Holland if a top side were to come calling. 

The former Lazio man added: “It is not an absolute must.

“This also has to do with the many artificial pitches, which I do not find attractive but if a top Dutch club enquire, I would certainly think about it."