Sydney FC have announced the season long loan of Siem De Jong from AFC Ajax. The 29-year-old Dutch international will take up one of Sydney’s marquee slots.
He spent two years in Ajax’s youth academy, before playing for the first team from 2007-2014. In all competitions, he played 243 games, scoring 78 goals and captaining the club in the latter stages of his time there.
He spent two seasons in the Premier League with Newcastle United in 2014-15 and 2015-16, however since 2016 has had a rotten run with injury.
He didn’t play a single match for Newcastle in 2016-17 and eventually logged 21 games in that season during loan spells with PSV Eindhoven and its reserves team in the top two tiers of Dutch football.
Last season, he moved back to Ajax and managed 13 games between the first and second team, scoring four goals.
De Jong can play as an attacking midfielder and a striker, with Sydney FC head coach Steve Corica full of praise for the new signing.
“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.”