Western Sydney Wanderers have announced they have signed former Dutch international Romeo Castelen on a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old started his career at Den Haag where he spent four years before moving a few kilometres south to play with Feyenoord, playing alongside former Socceroo Brett Holman and former Wanderer Shinji Ono.
His performances earned him a transfer to HSV in the Bundesliga but his time at the club was ravaged by injuries
He was released at the end of 2012 after having enjoyed just 55 minutes of Bundesliga football after his first season at the club.
The winger joins the Wanderers from RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch Eredivisie where he played last season after being released from Russian side FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said that Castelen was a perfect addition to the club.
“Romeo is coming here fresh from a season in the Dutch first division where he was a standout for his Club. He’s a creative, attacking player and we look forward to him bringing that form to the Wanderers,” said Tsatsimas.
“His 10 national team caps for the Netherlands speak for themselves in terms of his ability. Romeo is a great talent who will make a seamless transition to A-League football.
“It is players of this quality that we look to bring to the Wanderers. Having Romeo on board will raise the standard of our squad and that’s what we want out of a new signing.”
Castelen made his debut for the Netherlands in 2004 and was a prominent name in Marco van Basten's squads during qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
His first and only international goal came against Armenia in 2005 in a World Cup qualifier, scoring alongside Ruud van Nistelrooy in a 2-0 Netherlands win.
"From what I’ve heard and seen the A-League has grown very professional over the last few years," Castelen told news.com.au.
"The standard is very good, it’s growing and getting bigger. That’s why I’m also making the step to Australia now, to have on my CV that I play for a nice club like the Wanderers.
"I think it’s a major move for me, but it’s a club that wants to achieve big things and that goes with my goals.
"Sydney was also part of the motivation to make the move that the city is great is a bonus."comments