- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 28 November 2013
Photo: Jordy van de Corput in action at KGV Park last weekend [PlessPix]
Launceston City will sign Dutch goalkeeper Jordy van de Corput for the 2014 Victory League season in the New Year.
The 24-year-old former Feyenoord and FC Utrecht player is City’s first new signing announced for the coming season and follows his appearance for the club in last Saturday’s game against the visiting Total Futbol International squad from New South Wales.
Photo: Jordy van de Corput at today's media conference [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]
City lost that game 4-1 at KGV Park.
The game was part of a one-week trial with City for Van de Corput, during which he impressed City coach Kurt Reynolds.
“We are delighted to have secured his services and the club is excited about the value and quality that he brings to the squad.”
Van de Corput has been impressed with the club’s professionalism and is looking forward to playing in goal for Launceston City next year.
Photo: Jordy van de Corput (left) and Launceston City coach Kurt Reynolds at the media conference at Mitsubishi Park today [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]
“It is great to be here in Tasmania and I feel very welcome,” Van de Corput said at a media conference in Launceston today.
“The club has been fantastic in hosting me and I am enjoying the football.
“Importantly, I understand and like the philosophy of the coach and the management team at Launceston City FC.
“It is quite similar to how I have learned the game in the Netherlands.”
Reynolds said the Dutchman was a ‘boom’ recruit for the club, the first of what he hoped to be many signings as the northern club looks to climb the table in 2014.
Photo: Jordy van de Corput in goal for Launceston City last weekend [PlessPix]
“Jordy will help solidify our defensive unit and our young list will be able to gain valuable game knowledge that will hold them in good stead to improve as footballers,” Reynolds said.
“2013 was a disappointing season for the club and we don’t shy away from that, but it is clear to see that, as a club, we are working proactively to change our on-field fortunes.”
The international signing will take up one of Launceston City’s two visa spots on their Victory League squad when he formally pens his commitment to Launceston City at the commencement of the new registration period on 1 January, 2014.
Photo: Kurt Reynolds (right), coach of Victory League club Launceston City, shakes on the signing deal with Dutch goalkeeper Jordy van de Corput at a media conference at City's Mitsubishi Park headquarters today [Photo courtesy of Launceston City]