Sydney FC announce marquee signing
Sydney FC have signed former Ajax captain Siem De Jong on a season long loan.
The four-time Eredivisie winner and six-time Netherlands international signed on at the harbour city this afternoon.
It comes four years after De Jong came up against the Sky Blues in Newcastle United's tour of New Zealand.
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A product of the storied Ajax academy, De Jong has scored 67 goals in 209 Eredivisie appearances.
The attacking midfielder moved to Newcastle United in 2014 but an injury ravaged time on Tyneside saw him return to the Netherlands on loan with PSV Eindhoven.
He rejoined his boyhood club at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign and has become the latest signing of Steve Corica's new era at Sydney FC.
“I’m very excited to be representing Sydney FC this season and I’m looking forward to my time in the A-League,” he told Sydney FC's official website.
“I see a lot of similarities between Sydney FC and Ajax, they’re both leaders in their league with a reputation for silverware and I want to uphold that here.
“I want nothing more than success and I’ll help the squad in any way to achieve our goals of winning all of the trophies we compete for this season.”
Sydney FC coach Corica said the arrival of De Jong is a massive coup for the the Sky Blues.
“Siem is a technically gifted footballer and one I believe can be instrumental in success for us this season,” Corica said.
“He scores goals and creates them for others as well and he is a player that will excite Sydney FC Members.
“You don’t become captain of Ajax without possessing all the necessary qualities for that job and I believe he can bring those qualities to Sydney FC, and help guide our squad this year.
“This is a new challenge for Siem, I’m confident it is one he can embrace, and I’m sure he’ll slot in seamlessly.”