Socceroos midfielder James Holland has officially signed a one-year contract with German 2.Bundesliga outfit MSV Duisburg.
The Zebras confirmed the deal on Tuesday afternoon after Holland passed a medical, with MSV coach Gino Lettieri delighted with the capture of the 2014 World Cup Socceroo.
Holland, 26, was determined to remain in Europe after opting to leave Austria Wien at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season as a free agent.
The move could revitalise his international ambitions, having not represented Australia since October and being overlooked for the triumphant Asian Cup.
“I’m delighted to be here,” Holland told the club’s website.
“I hope I can help the team and together we can achieve our target of avoiding relegation.”
MSV are only newly promoted to the German second tier and have financial constraints, meaning their ambitions are modest.
— MSV Duisburg (@MSVDuisburg) July 28, 2015
“We are happy to sign James who is a player who is still very young but already has a lot of experience,” Lettieri said.
“He took a leading role at Austria Wien and that’s a positive sign. We are convinced he brings much to the team.”
MSV sports director Ivo Grlic and club CEO Bernd Maas were both glowing in their praise of Holland’s character.
Holland was a highly rated prospect in his junior days, captaining the Young Socceroos.
The former Newcastle Jets man has earned 15 Socceroos caps, although only three have come since Ange Postecoglou took over.
Duisburg haven’t competed in the Bundesliga since the 2007-08 season when they were immediately relegated following promotion.comments