On Wednesday we brought you news that Marc Overmars had said the arrival of Siem De Jong was imminent.
Now both club and player have confirmed that the year-long loan deal has gone through.
Sydney FC announcing Siem de Jong as their ‘Marquee’ signing.
The 29 year old has had a dismal year back at Ajax, starting only four league games.
The midfielder has played against Sydney FC previously.
On Newcastle United’s pre-season tour of New Zealand in summer 2014, the Magpies hammered the Australian side 4-0, with de Jong getting the opening goal.
Also playing that day for NUFC was Steven Taylor.
Taylor will face his former Newcastle teammate, providing both stay fit…, on 8 December when Wellington Phoenix travel to play Sydney.
Steven Taylor joined the A-League club earlier this summer.
Siem de Jong:
“I’m very excited to be representing Sydney FC this season and I’m looking forward to my time in the A-League.
“I see a lot of similarities between Sydney FC and Ajax, they’re both leaders in their league with a reputation for silverware and I want to uphold that here.
“I want nothing more than success and I’ll help the squad in any way to achieve our goals of winning all of the trophies we compete for this season.”
The Mag – 22 August 2018:
No doubt Siem de Jong did ok financially when signing for Newcastle United four years ago but in terms of playing football it has been a disaster ever since.
Having been used to Champions League football and winning league titles in Holland, the attacking midfielder has struggled to even play football.
Whilst injuries have hampered him, even when fit he only managed four league starts at Newcastle and then four again last season after he returned to Holland with Ajax.
He did manage 10 when on loan at PSV in 2016/17 but 18 league starts in four years is a nightmare.
As for Newcastle United, they took a big risk when taking on a player who’d experienced a really poor season of various injuries prior to the £8m move to Tyneside.
Now Marc Overmars has confirmed to Voetbal International that Siem de Jong is set to move on again.
Another step down in quality of football with Sydney FC set to take him on loan.
Overmars is their Director of Football and he has confirmed that talks have taken place with the player and a loan deal is expected to be announced shortly.
The Australian A League club’s Head Coach Steve Corica had also previously spoken about the interest in signing Siem de Jong:
“Siem de Jong has got a very good pedigree.
“We are looking for players like that, we want good quality coming to the club.
“Hopefully in the next three or four days we can confirm who the marquee will be, but he’s one of the players that we have spoken to, but there’s been quite a few of them.
“We’ve looked at over 450 players this season, so it’s been a long journey and there’s still more coming in at the moment.
“We’ve just got to take our time and make sure we get the right player that fits into the way we want to play.”