Heart land veteran Dutch defender Wielaert

Melbourne Heart have stiffened their defence with the capture of experienced Dutchman Rob Wielaert, who counts Ajax and PSV Eindhoven among his former clubs

Melbourne Heart have signed Dutch centre back Rob Wielaert for the 2013-14 A-League season.

The 34-year-old had been without a club since being released by Roda JC at the end of the season, having made 22 starts in his final Eredivisie campaign with the Kerkrade side.

Wielaert has also played for PSV Eindhoven, Ajax and FC Twente throughout his career, and has competed in Champions League qualifiers and the Europa League.

Heart coach John Aloisi watched the Dutchman play in May and had been impressed by his ability to marshal a defence.

"Wielaert has superb pedigree and his experience at the top level is very impressive," Aloisi said.

"He is a smart footballer and will be an excellent organiser of the team from the back."

Wielaert said he was looking forward to his first move overseas in a 16-year professional career.

"I have played all of my career in the Netherlands and now it is an exciting time to play abroad," Wielaert said.

"So when Melbourne Heart contacted me, I was enthusiastic immediately.

"The club sounds great, the city and the country too, so I am looking forward to giving everything for this club and the people around it."

Wielaert is the fourth new face at Heart ahead of the 2013-14 A-League season, alongside Harry Kewell, Massimo Murdocca and Iain Ramsay.

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