Ajax have reached agreemtent with Roda JC about the immediate transfer of Tom Soetaers to Ajax. The Belgian international signs a deal with Ajax for 4 seasons. As usual, Ajax do not disclose financial details of the agreement.
Tom Soetaers is Ajax's sixth aqcuisition this seasn. Earlier Ajax signed goalkeeper Sander Boschker from Twente, Belgian international Wesley Sonck, French youth international Julién Escudé, Czech Republic international Zdenek Grygera and Romanian international Nicolae Mitea.
The 23-year old Soetaers played 7 league matches for Anderlecht before going to Roda JC. Anderlecht would wi the Belgian title in the 1998-1999 season. On behalf of Roda Soetaers played in 98 league matches. He added 23 goals to the total production of the team from Kerkrade.
In 2000 Soetaers won the Amstel Cup with Roda JC. The team of coach Sef Vergoossen defeated NEC by 2-0.
Soetaers played European football twice with Roda JC. The team from Limburg did not make it past the first round of the UEFA Cup in the 2000-2001 season. A year later AC Milan only succeeded to eliminate Roda after penalties in the fourth round of the UEFA Cup.
Tom Soetaers made his debut for Belgium on October 12 of last year. In 6 international matches he has scored 1 goal (on 30 April this year against Poland). Soetaers played 37 times for Belgian youth teams. As a Belgian youth international he scored 12 times.