The 26-year-old left Der Club earlier in the summer after becoming surplus to requirements, and has now signed a two-year contract with the Lower Saxony club.
Developed at Freiburg, Kerk had loan spells with Nürnberg and Kaiserslautern before joining Nürnberg permanently in the summer of 2017.
He started the 2017-18 campaign strongly, with six assists in four matches but an achilles injury meant he played no further part in their promotion to the Bundesliga.
Even after his return, he struggled for form. There were just one goal and one assist in 20 games last season, and he was frequently left out of the squad by Jens Keller and played no part in the play-off against Ingolstadt.
Osnabrück sporting director Benjamin Schmedes belies the club have signed “a midfielder with experience in the first and second division,” and that Kerk will “strengthen the existing squad with his footballing quality and good attacking set pieces.”
Kerk himself is “glad that my move to VfL worked out,” adding that the club management “gave me a very positive feeling,” meaning it was not a difficult decision to join. He is “looking forward” to getting started with his new teammates once he has returned two negative COVID-19 tests.
Kerk, who has been handed the number 37 shirt, will help to strengthen an attack that has lost the likes of Anas Ouahim and Marcos Álvarez since the end of last season.
Header image source: VfL Osnabrück.