Wouter Verstraaten completes move to South Shields

Wouter Verstraaten completes move to South Shields

Versatile Dutch defender Wouter Verstraaten has joined South Shields.

The 23-year-old, who came through the ranks of Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven, can play anywhere across the back line and in midfield.

He has also played for FC Eindhoven, Pacific Tigers and Portland Timbers’ Under-23s, and played several times for Northern League side Consett earlier this season after moving to England to study at Durham University.

His performances caught the eye of the Mariners, who have now moved to sign him.

Verstraaten could make his debut for the club in Saturday’s BetVictor Northern Premier Division fixture at Ashton United.

Shields joint manager Graham Fenton said: “We’re delighted to welcome Wouter to the club.

“He’s someone we’ve been keeping an eye on for a few months now.

“He had an extremely good football upbringing at PSV Eindhoven as a young man and then moved onto Portland Timbers for a couple of seasons.

“More recently he moved to study for a degree at Durham University, while also playing a few games for Consett.

“Myself, Lee Picton, Brian Smith and Wess Brown have all watched him on a number of occasions and been extremely impressed with his technical ability and athleticism, which we feel will compliment our squad extremely well.

“He is a hugely versatile player as he can play anywhere across the back and anywhere across the midfield.

“We have high hopes that he is going to make a big impact on this season.”