Official: Dutch midfielder Meeuwis joins Heart

With Melbourne Heart needing midfield reinforcements after the retirement of Vince Grella, Marcel Meeuwis has joined for the rest of the campaign Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA

Melbourne Heart have added midfielder Marcel Meeuwis to their squad, with the Dutchman joining from Eredivisie club VVV Venlo for the remainder of the 2012-13 A-League season.

The 32-year-old has played most of his career at VVV, with his two stints at the club broken up by four seasons at Roda JC, one at Feyenoord and two at Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach.

Heart general manager John Didulica said Meeuwis, a defensive midfielder, would bolster their club's stocks in the middle of the pitch.

"With the combined losses of Vince Grella, Aziz Behich and Michael Marrone, we needed to add depth and quality to the squad and in Marcel we have certainly done that," Didulica said in a release.

"Marcel's pedigree will ensure we are well served across midfield and the options we have available across the line-up are multiplied.

"Marcel will add significant tactical knowledge to the squad and bring significant industry and energy."

Meeuwis could be available for Heart's trip to Newcastle on Friday, pending an international clearance.

In some bad news for Heart's upcoming opponents, Jets midfielder Ben Kantarovski has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Kantarovski was due to return to light training after spending much of the season on the sidelines with a knee injury.

But the youngster was involved in an off-field incident last Saturday night which delayed his rehabilitation significantly and forced the Jets to pull the pin on his season.

"Ben is aware he has let down the club, his teammates and all our members, fans and corporate supporters in a critical part of the season," Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said via a release.

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