Kortrijk have announced the signing of Craig Cathcart on a free transfer. The 34-year-old Northern Irish central defender was out of contract after leaving Watford in the summer following nine years with the club. Kortrijk have been desperate to bolster their defence, which has shipped 17 goals in six games so far this season.
Former Manchester United prospect Cathcart is no stranger to Belgium, having played for Antwerp on loan for half of the 2007 season, making 13 appearances and scoring twice. In 2010 he left Manchester United to join Blackpool, helping them in their first Premier League season. After four years in the north of England, he moved south to just outside of London to play for Watford. Cathcart went on to make 262 appearances for Watford during his almost decade long spell with the Hornets, scoring eight goals and providing six assists.
The Northern Ireland international is Kortrijk’s second signing of the day after Alex Mighten joined from Nottingham Forest.
Kortrijk are currently bottom of the league without a win from their opening six games. They have one point from a draw with Standard Liege.