FORMER Leeds United winger Jordan Botaka has returned to Belgium to continue his career after agreeing a three-year contract with Sint Truiden.
Botaka finalised a move to STVV – a team controlled by Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet – over the weekend after being released by Leeds in May.
United allowed Botaka to move on at the end of his two-year deal having made little use of the Congo international during his spell at Elland Road.
Botaka played 14 times in his first season with the club but started only three league games and was sent on loan to Duchatelet’s Charlton by Garry Monk shortly after the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
His impact at The Valley was also limited – he featured 26 times for the Addicks scoring two goals – but STVV, a side who play in the Belgian top flight and finished 12th last term, have taken the 23-year-old on following his return from international duty.
Botaka began his career with Club Brugge in Belgium before moving to Excelsior in Holland.
Leeds moved to sign him in the final hours of the summer transfer window in 2015, a deal completed while Uwe Rosler was head coach.
He made most of his appearances for United under former boss Steve Evans.
But Evans was openly critical of him after an FA Cup defeat at Watford in February 2016, saying he had only used the winger at Vicarage Road because he “didn’t have any other options for the bench”.