Another departure from Oriel Park as highly-rated defender moves to Denmark's third tier

Niclas Vemmelund turned down offers in England, Scotland and the United States in order to return home to Denmark.

DEFENDER NICLAS VEMMELUND has agreed a deal to join Danish third tier side Middelfart Boldklub in a move which brings an end to his two-year stay in the League of Ireland.

The 25-year-old was understood to have received offers from both Premier Division clubs and abroad in England, Scotland and the United States, however has chosen to return home to his native Denmark following spells at Derry City and Dundalk.

NV-IMG_20171219_142857-e1513762569382 Vemmelund has signed a one-and-a half year deal with Middelfart Boldklub.

Vemmelund joined Derry as a free agent ahead of the 2016 season following spells in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, where he made 31 appearances during Kenny Shiels’ debut season in charge at the Brandywell.

“I’ve returned home for several reasons, but primarily because I missed being in Denmark and being close to family and friends”, he said.

“After a really good year in Dundalk, there was interest from Ireland, England, the United States and Scotland, but I felt it was time to go home.”

The former Denmark U19 international joined champions Dundalk ahead of the 2017 campaign, where he claimed an EA Sports Cup title as well as finishing runners-up to Cork City in both the Premier Division and the FAI Cup last season.

Niclas Vemmelund celebrates his goal The 25-year-old celebrates scoring in the 2017 FAI Cup final at Landsdowne Road. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Vemmelund gave Stephen Kenny’s side the lead in November’s decider at the Aviva Stadium, before the Lilywhites eventually lost out on penalties.

Last month the centre back was one of four Dundalk players named in the PFAI Team of the Year for 2017, alongside team-mates Sean Gannon, Patrick McEleney and David McMillan.

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Vemmelund’s exit from Oriel Park follows striker McMillan, who last week confirmed his move to St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.

Meanwhile forward McEleney has also been heavily linked with a move to League One in recent weeks, with Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens confirming he had spoken to the 25-year-old’s agent.

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