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Jets sign ex-Dutch international Jaliens

The Newcastle Jets are have announced the signing of former Dutch international Kew Jaliens for the upcoming A-League season.

Jaliens joins the Jets after spending the last three seasons at Polish heavyweights Wisla Krakow.

The experienced central defender won the 2010/11 domestic league in his first season at Wisla before featuring heavily in the club's 2011/12 UEFA Champions League qualifying campaign.

The 34-year-old has represented the Netherlands on 10 occasions and spent more than a decade plying his trade with Dutch Eredivisie Clubs Sparta Rotterdam, Willem II and AZ Alkmaar.

"Kew has played at the highest level for both club and country, and brings a wealth of experience to the Jets," Newcastle Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.

"We believe he will complement the players we already have in our squad and we're confident he can make a big impact in the A-League.

"With the number of talented young players coming through at the Jets, it is fantastic for them to have the likes of Michael Bridges, Emile Heskey and now Kew to learn from."

Jets head coach Gary van Egmond was equally pleased to have Jaliens at the club, saying the centre-back was the final piece of the puzzle for the Jets' playing squad.

"It is fantastic to have secured a player with Kew's pedigree in what we identified as a key position for us," van Egmond said.

Jaliens was a member of the Netherlands' squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

He played 90 minutes in their group match against Argentina at the tournament, keeping a clean sheet against a forward line boasting the likes of Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi.

During his 231 appearances for AZ Alkmaar, Jaliens played alongside Socceroo Brett Holman and was a member of the AZ Alkmaar team that won the Eredivisie and Dutch Super Cup in 2009.

Jaliens is expected to arrive in Newcastle and commence pre-season training with the Jets in the coming weeks, with the season to kick off in October.


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