Alkmaar side AZ have completed the transfer of highly rated midfielder James Holland from Newcastle Jets for an amount of €300.000. The 19-year-old Australian international has signed a 4,5-year-deal at AZ.
The attacking midfielder recently successfully completed a trial period at the Eredivisie's table toppers and impressed technical director Marcel Brands with his abilities.
"Holland has a fantastic drive and a good mentality. He's the same type of player as Brett Holman, but a bit more defensive minded. The Eredivisie could be the perfect stepping stone for him to kick start his European career," said Brands to the official AZ website.
"I'm delighted with this deal. AZ are a good team with an excellent coach. I already know my compatriots Joey Didulica and Brett Holman over here. I'll do my utmost to make my official debut before the end of the season," was how the player reacted to confirmation of the transfer.
Holland started his professional career at Newcastle Jets in 2007. Additionally, he has already made his first international appearance for Australia.
Stefan Coerts, Goal.com