Ajax have reached agreement with youth players Marijn Sterk and Koen Verhoeff about their contracts. Both players signed a deal for two seasons, beginning on 1 July 2006.
Marijn Sterk, born 11 July 1987 in The Hague, joined the Ajax academy in 2001 from VCS from The Hague. Sterk plays in the A1 junior side this season. The team of coaches Sonny Silooy and Dick captured the national title on Tuesday 2 May after a 3-0 win against Sparta. Next season, the 18-year old defender will play in Young Ajax. Marijn Sterk also plays for Holland Under 19.
Koen Verhoeff, born on 6 March 1988 in Hoorn, played for v.v. De Zouaven. There, the now 18-year old goalkeeper was scouted by Fred Grim. Verhoeff came to Ajax's youth academy in August of 2004. He started in the B1 junior team under coach Maarten Stekelenburg. The goalkeeper now plays for Ajax A1 and will join the second team next season.