Thursday, 11th July, 2013

Coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is making good on his promise of giving Royal Antwerp’s promotion prospects a good shot, as the club oversaw their 12th summer signing in former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder John Bostock.

Bostock, who has been capped 20 times at England Under-17 level, has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Antwerp.

A product of Crystal Palace’s youth system, Bostock has enjoyed spells at lower-division clubs in England whilst being centrally contracted with Spurs, including Hull City, Swindon Town and Sheffield Wednesday.

He also found himself playing for a brief time with Toronto FC in Canada, and was eventually released by Spurs at the end of his contract this summer.


"It is with pride that Antwerp announce an agreement with John Bostock today", a statement on Antwerp’s official site read.

"He is a quick and creative attacking midfielder. Despite his youth, he has been around for a long apprenticeship in English football.

"The newcomer trained yesterday the first time. We would like to warmly welcome John Bostock and wish him every success in our club."

Bostock will be joined at Antwerp by compatriot Bradley Bubb, who was once part of Queens Park Rangers and eventually found himself playing for Conference National side Aldershot.

Former Chelsea and Leeds striker Hasselbaink has joined the club as manager in what is his first attempt at the task, while Antwerp are bidding for promotion from Belgium’s second division.

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