Ajax and Sydney FC have reached an agreement for the loan out of Siem de Jong. The agreement for the 29-year old defending midfielder takes effect immediately and is for one season. De Jong is under contract with Ajax until June 30, 2020.
De Jong (Aigle, Switzerland, January 18, 1989) came from Newcastle United two years ago. Last season, he played in 24 games for Ajax 1 and scored 7 goals. De Jong also played with Ajax from 2005 to 2014. He made his debut in the first team on September 26, 2007, during the Kozakken Boys – Ajax (1-2) KNVB Cup match.
With Ajax, Siem de Jong won the KNVB Cup and 4 national championships.
During that time, De Jong played in 244 official games in Ajax’s first team and scored 78 goals. With the club, he won the KNVB Cup in 2010 and 4 national championships (2011,2012,2013,2014). He also won the Johan Cruijff Shield in 2013.
Siem de Jong: “My goal for this season was clear. I wished to play more games and hold an important role for the team. After meetings with the coach, it became clear that I need to build up more match rhythm and become more physically fit in order to take on the competition. But, due to the new rules, I’m not allowed to play with the Ajax Reserves in the Keuken Kampioen Division. For me, it just became too difficult to play enough matches.”
“This is why this step to Sydney is very important for me. I’m extremely motivated to pick things up here. For me personally, it’s very important to play a good string of matches and achieve success with my team mates. In the end, every football player wants to play games. I’ve been here for a few days and have a good first impression.”