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The on-loan hitman is heading back to London after an unhappy spell in Nijmegen...

NEC Nijmegen have confirmed that they have released Collins John from his loan-to-buy deal, allowing him to return to Fulham.

The Dutch outfit's technical director, Carlos Aalbers, pointed out that this move was best for both parties.

"Neither Collins nor the club feels that he has been the important player to us that he could have been," he told the press.

"Collins has not played, and he would otherwise have remained at NEC for the rest of the season without any prospect of lining up for us. So, it's better that we sat down together as adults to find a good solution."

John himself said, "I'm disappointed with this season in that I've hardly had any chance to play. Unfortunately, I only had a few chances with NEC.

"As for where my career will lead me now, it's not clear. Over the coming weeks I'll weigh up my options."

John's spell at Goffertstadion was a massive disappointment, the forward playing a mere handful of matches before being banished to the reserves by coach Mario Been. His fitness and attitude were said to be of concern to the management.

Ewan Macdonald, Goal.com

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