Aussie keeper Jones joins Feyenoord

Former Socceroos goalkeeper Brad Jones has joined Dutch powerhouse Feyenoord on a one-year deal pending a medical.

The 34-year-old free agent had been linked with an A-League move but has opted to remain in the Netherlands after a successful six-month stint with NEC Nijmegen.

Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel said Jones was in contention to play regularly, after number one Kenneth Vermeer suffered a year-ending Achilles injury earlier this week.

“After Kenneth Vermeer’s serious injury we had to act fast, also because Warner Hahn is out of action for some time too,” van Geel said.

“We only have two more fit keepers in Pär Hansson and Justin Bijlow, not enough in our view to start a season with lots of league, cup and Europa League matches.

“That’s why we immediately started looking for an experienced goalie and we found one in Brad.”

Jones is expected to sign the contract on Friday following a medical in the morning.

The Perth-born shot-stopper had been training with former club Liverpool in recent weeks.

He impressed in 17 appearances for NEC last term, after joining the midtable Eredivisie outfit in January.

“Brad Jones brings a lot of know-how with him,” van Geel said.

“Thanks to the half year at N.E.C. he knows the Eredivisie and he also has international experience, due to his Liverpool period among other things.

“Brad really wants to come to Feyenoord and we are delighted he is coming to strengthen us within such a short space of time.”