Ajax and Kenneth Vermeer have reached an agreement to extend his contract, which had been valid until June 30, 2013. The new contract is effective as of July 1, 2012 and is valid until June 30, 2015.
Vermeer was born on January 10, 1986, in Amsterdam. He started playing in Ajax’s youth academy in 1999. The Keeper made his debut in Ajax’s first team on September 28, 2006, during the Ajax – IK Start (4-0) UEFA Cup match. To date, he’s played 77 official matches in Ajax’s first team. ,,That number needs to increase'' says the keeper as he’s presented with the figure.
The keeper, who made his debut 5,5 years ago, is ambitious. “We’re in the race for the championship. That’s the most important goal for us now. Where do I hope to be in 2015? I don’t look that far ahead. Maybe the Dutch national team? That’s a goal that every player has. But first and foremost I want to perform for the club.”
Coach Frank de Boer is pleased that Vermeer has signed the extended contract. “Kenneth is a true Ajax man. In previous seasons, he was the back-up keeper and came in several times for Maarten Stekelenburg. That’s not easy, but he did a great job. That’s why he’s our first keeper since Maarten left. That’s another role, and it comes with more. It’s a good learning experience and he’s dealing with it very well. He’s grown through that. Kenneth has also shown this season that he can play at this level. That’s why I’m so pleased that he’s extended his contract and will be with the club for longer.”
Vermeer himself doesn’t really see a big difference between last season and this one. “The fact that you live towards a match that you’ll be playing in yourself is different. But the way I prepare is the same as when I was the back-up. I don’t put too much pressure on myself. Your performance is always at one moment in time. This season, playing in the Champions League was a new experience, I had only played in the qualifying rounds before. The most vivid memories of Champions League will probably be the away games at Real Madrid and Olympique Lyon. Lyon was a turning point for me.
I’ve found my way back up after that match. But I had every confidence in myself. I can switch myself on very quickly.”