Ajax has signed youth player Peter Leeuwenburgh. The A1 player was born in Heinenoord on March 23, 1994. The keeper, who has been playing in Ajax’s youth academy since 2004, has signed a contract which runs until June 30, 2015. The contract is effective as of June 1, 2012.
Eight family members, including Leeuwenburgh’s brother, sister, grandfather and grandmother, were present on Monday when the contract was signed. A1 coach Fred Grim came to congratulate his pupil, just as Frank de Boer did. “Look, there’s your former coach”, said technical director Danny Blind, pointing to the head coach. “And, who knows, maybe he’s your future coach, too”, continued Blind with a smile.
“This is a great moment for you and your family. You’ve done so much for this, you’ve even moved house to make your dream come true. Now that you have a contract, there’s more to come, and who knows, you may end up in the ArenA.”
Leeuwenburgh is thrilled with his brand new Ajax contract. “I’m so happy. This is the pay-off for eight years of playing football with Ajax. Was I nervous? No, we talked about it a lot at home, and I’ve been looking forward to this day.”
Two weeks ago, De Boer said that the keeper was very talented and had the potential to make the first team. This is what Leeuwenburgh is aiming for. “I need to keep developing and I really hope to play in the first team. My height is an advantage, I have a good kick, but there are some things that I still need to work on. One day, I hope to be able to compare myself to Maarten Stekelenburg and Edwin van der Sar.”