Who is Melbourne City’s new Dutch defender?

Melbourne City boss Warren Joyce looks to have pulled off a coup with the signing of former Dutch youth international Bart Schenkeveld on a two-year deal.

Transfer news: City sign Dutch defender

The 25-year-old defender has joined City from Dutch Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle, former home of Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury.

FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BART SCHENKEVELD

►A right-sided defender who can also play as a centre-back, Schenkeveld represented the Netherlands at Under-19 level.

►He’s a product of the Feyenoord Youth Academy and made 5 senior appearances for the Dutch giants during the 2009/10 Eredivisie season.

►After three seasons with Feyenoord (2009-12) which included a loan spell with Excelsior (2011/12), Schenkeveld established himself as a regular with Heracles Almelo where he spent three years (2012-15).

►In 2015, the Dutchman earned a move to PEC Zwolle where he made 32 appearances (2015-2016) over two seasons and played with Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury.

►In his last six seasons in the Eredivisie (2011-16), the defender’s completed pass percentage has averaged more than 84% (105 games).

CAREER STATS SUMMARY – EREDIVISIE

*2016/17 – PEC Zwolle

Appearances: 20, passing accuracy: 80%, tackles won: 66%, clearances: 48

*2015/16 – PEC Zwolle

Appearances: 12, passing accuracy: 84%, tackles won: 73% , clearances: 39

*2014/15 – Heracles Almelo

Appearances: 18, passing accuracy: 85%, tackles won: 77%, clearances: 71

Bart Schenkeveld

*2013/14 - Heracles Almelo

Appearances: 31, passing accuracy: 88%, tackles won: 74%, clearances: 156

*2012/13 - Heracles Almelo

Appearances: 12, passing accuracy: 87%, tackles won: 80%, clearances: 41

*2011/12 – Excelsior

Appearances: 12, passing accuracy: 81%, tackles won: 75%, clearances: 69