Steve De Ridder has been released by Southampton after just two seasons at the club.

The Belgian winger, who had another year to run on his contract with the south coast club, has exited by mutual consent.

He joined the Saints from De Graafschap upon promotion to the Championship. And he appeared sparingly in the season under manager Nigel Adkins. One of his most telling contributions as a Saint was his late equaliser against fellow promotion hopefuls Reading.

Following promotion to the Premier League, De Ridder was limited to rare substitute appearances under Adkins.

Whilst he already appeared out of favour, this was further confirmed following the arrival of new manager Mauricio Pochettino, who replaced Adkins earlier this year.

Pochettino this summer said De Ridder was free to find himself a new club after he was not named in the Argentine's squad for the pre-season tours of Austria and Catalunya.

De Ridder is now a free agent, and can begin his search for a new employer.


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