Kevin van Veen has joined Eerste Divisie side FC Groningen for an undisclosed fee.
The Dutch striker, who joined in the summer 2021 from Scunthorpe on a free transfer, has played 83 games for the claret and amber, scoring 40 times and makes the switch to the Netherlands.
Breaking the all-time club record of scoring in 11 consecutive games, Van Veen scored 29 goals in the 22/23 campaign and will go down in the Motherwell FC history books.
Following an initial approach we received some weeks ago and after a number of discussions with the player and his representatives, at a Board meeting last week, the Club reluctantly agreed to sell Kevin van Veen to Dutch side Groningen.
Our strong preference was to retain Van Veen but it became clear that the club was not in a financial position to make a new contract proposal to Kevin that was competitive with what he was being offered by Groningen or to turn down the significant fee we were able to negotiate for a player with only a year remaining on his current contract.
The Club has always been clear that revenue from player trading is required to ensure we are financially stable over the medium and long term.
“Of course, we are disappointed to be losing a player of Kevin’s quality,” Stuart Kettlewell said.
“His effort in my time here has been exceptional and I appreciate his hard work.
“I have a great relationship with Kevin and know how much he loved his time here. I sincerely hope he has a successful time with Groningen and wish him all the best.
“Now, we face a difficult task to replace Kevin but we are working very hard behind the scenes to take this club forward.”
“Leaving Motherwell has been a really difficult decision,” Kevin van Veen added.
“From the day I arrived, I felt loved and I felt at home.
“It has been emotional and a privilege to feel the support from all the fans since day one. From having my own song, to the banners, this has been a special time of my life and I’ll never forget it.
“Breaking the records is one of my biggest accomplishments to date but more importantly, I hope in doing so, repaid the fans for their support.
“I’ll be following Motherwell from now on, every week, and I’ll look back fondly on my time here.
“Thanks for the memories and I’ll miss you all. I am in love….”
Motherwell Football Club wants to thank Kevin for his efforts at Fir Park and wish him the very best going forward.