Ajax improve and extend contract with Johnny Heitinga

Ajax have reached agreement with Johnny Heitinga about extending and improving his current contract on Thursday. That contract ran to July 2007 and has now been extended to July 2008.

Heitinga has been under contract with Ajax since 1 July 2000 and has played 42 league matches for the club. After one season in the second team, Heitinga made his debut in Ajax 1 on 26 August 2001 under coach Co Adriaanse.

The real breakthrough for the player from Alphen aan de Rijn came last season under coach Ronald Koeman. The defender had a very good year and made three goals for the first team of Ajax.

His achievements earned him a selection for the Dutch national team last season. The popular Ajax player has played nine matches for Holland with one goal.