De Ridder found opportunities limited upon the club's return to the top flight and, having spent time on loan with Bolton last season, has penned a three-year deal at FC Utrecht.
"I look forward to my Eredivisie comeback," De Ridder told the club's official website.
"FC Utrecht is a nice club, with an avid and passionate supporters.
"The people here let me prove very keen to take to strengthen the team. I hope to be of great value for FC Utrecht. Here I am going to do my best."