ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 06: Bart Schenkeveld of Excelsior and Ola Toivonen of PSV battle for the ball during the Eredivisie match between SC Excelsior Rotterdam and PSV Eindhoven at Woudestein Stadium on May 6, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Melbourne City sign Dutch defender

Melbourne City has bolstered their defence for the upcoming A-League season after signing Dutch defender Bart Schenkeveld on a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old right back has joined the City Football Group club from Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle after previously working with former Melbourne City manager John van’t Schip at the Dutch club, who gave a glowing recommendation of the A-League side.

Schenkeveld is a product of Feyenoord’s youth system and has represented the Netherlands at U19s level.

“I’m delighted to become a Melbourne City player, starting in a new league and a totally new country. It is well known that the club has major ambition, and a very clear way it wants to play football,” Schenkeveld told the club’s website.

“I can’t wait to get started, get to know the rest of the team, and start building for success this season.”

New City head coach Warren Joyce was happy to have added Schenkeveld to his squad as the new season approaches.

“Bart is a strong and versatile defender with five years of experience playing at the highest level, in the Eredivisie. He joins us in the middle of intensive pre-season training, as we look to our next FFA Cup game, and to the start of the A-League season,” Joyce said.

Schenkeveld has joined Eugene Galekovic, Scott Jamison and Iacopo La Rocca as the club’s latest recruits in the off-season.

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