Van Damme admitted his previous experience of English football was a frustrating and unhappy one at Southampton in 2004-05.
He told the Express & Star: “I was only 20 at the time. I was too young and all alone and I didn’t have the right people around me to guide me through. I injured my ankle in December and I came back too soon.
“Then there was a new gaffer – Harry Redknapp – and I was in Belgium doing my rehabilitation. He told me to come back and I wanted to come back too quickly and after two months I played one game and I needed another operation.
“The injuries followed each other and I was out for a few more months and by the end of the season, we’d had three gaffers. The problem was that every gaffer wanted his own players. At the end of the season they had about 45 players, which was too much.
“By the end of the season I was fit, but they were relegated and at that moment I was ready to move.