The ex-Netherlands contingent in Australia continues to grow, with the news a former Oranje international stopper will be playing at Hunter Stadium next term
Newcastle Jets have announced the capture of former Dutch international defender Kew Jaliens for the upcoming A-League season.
Jaliens, 34, represented the Netherlands on 10 occasions between 2006 and 2007, while he has won league titles with Dutch club AZ Alkmaar in 2008-09 and Polish outfit Wisla Krakow in 2010-11.
The Dutch veteran can play all across the backline but Newcastle head coach Gary van Egmond believes Jaliens will do most of his work for the Jets in the centre of defence.
Having seen Tiago Calvano leave Newcastle for Sydney FC in January, while Swiss defender Dominik Ritter was released after the 2012-13 campaign, Van Egmond will rely heavily on Jaliens' experience to lead the likes of Josh Mitchell, Connor Chapman and Taylor Regan in central defence this season.
"It is fantastic to have secured a player with Kew's pedigree in what we identified as a key position for us," Van Egmond said in a statement released by the Jets on Thursday.
"He's a great fit for the Club and we're very much looking forward to him arriving and commencing pre-season training with the Jets."
Jaliens joins the Jets from Wisla after 79 appearances in all competitions for the Polish Ekstraklasa club but the former AZ, Willem II and Sparta Rotterdam defender ended last term with Achilles tendon problems.
The defender played alongside Australia international Brett Holman during his time at AZ, winning the Eredivisie and Dutch Super Cup with the Alkmaar-based club.