De Ridder leaves Blues
Dutch winger has contract cancelled by mutual consent
Last Updated: June 30, 2008 8:55pm
De Ridder: Wigan link
Birmingham City have confirmed that Dutch winger Daniel de Ridder has left St Andrews.
The 24-year-old has had his contract cancelled by mutual consent after just one season with the Blues.
The former Ajax youngster was signed on a free transfer from Spanish side Celta Vigo a year ago on a three-year deal, but found opportunities scarce.
The Holland Under 21 international hardly featured under Alex McLeish after being brought to the club by Steve Bruce before he quit to join Wigan.
De Ridder has openly talked of his frustration at not playing regularly which could alert the likes of Bruce, who has been linked with a move for the versatile player.
The winger started eight games for City during the course of the season, plus four as a substitute but, despite showing glimpses of his talent, he was largely inconsistent.