Should a region have three of four small clubs with their own identity but few chances to win anything, or a big one to hoover up all the local talent and really make an impact? That’s the question currently facing Limburg. Since the middle of the 1990s, Roda, the area’s main club, have been in discussions with neighbours Fortuna Sittard, MVV Maastricht and VVV-Venlo, about joining forces to create a new super club. Both MVV and VVV are fierce opponents, along with a majority of supporters. One year ago however, both Roda and Fortuna published a statement of their intent to create Sporting Limburg. Nothing has happened yet and Roda are ready for another anonymous mid-table Eredivisie outing, looking after their finances more than their squad. The real hope is that Danish forward Mads Junker can find the net 21 times, as he did last season.
Key arrivals: Jimmy Hempte (KV Kortrijk); Eelco Horsten (Jong PSV); Mateusz Prus (Zaglebie Sosnowiec)
Key departures: Bram Castro (released); Kris de Wree (Lierse); Marcel de Jong (Augsburg); Jan-Paul Saeijs (De Graafschap)