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Mario Verheyen

Norwich Career: Trial (May 2001)
Current Club: Westerlo (Belgium)
Date of Birth: 19/12/1973
Nationality: Belgian


At the end of May 2001, Norwich announced that Belgian central defender Mario Verheyen would join them for pre-season training in July with view to a future transfer if he proved his skill and fitness. Mario began his career with Lierse in 1993 but moved to Sint-Niklaas in 1995/96. The next year saw a stint with Rita Berlaur before he joined Westerlo for the 97/98 season. Plagued by injuries, he missed most of the 2000/01 season whilst Westerlo qualified for Europe. Comfortable also on the left side of defence, Westerlo would expect a fee for Verheyen.

Despite playing on Norwich's pre-season tour of Scotland, Nigel Worthington thought Verheyen wasn't of sufficient quality to add to the Canaries' ranks and so Mario returned to the Low Countries.

A return to East Anglia was suggested in January 2002 when Ipswich were linked with a move to sign Verheyen, possibly on loan. In the summer of 2002, Mario signed another two year contract with Westerlo.


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