Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that Holland international John Heitinga has signed from Everton, initially until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old centre-back joined Everton in 2009 from Atletico Madrid, making 140 appearances for the Merseyside club.
Heitinga came through Ajax’s youth academy and made his senior debut for the Amsterdam club in August 2001 against Feyenoord. He went on to make more than 200 appearances during seven successful seasons at Ajax before moving to Spain.
Heitinga played in all of Holland’s matches en route to and including the Final of the 2010 World Cup where they lost 1-0 against Spain after extra-time. He has made 87 appearances for his country and has scored seven goals.
He was voted Dutch Footballer of the Year in 2008 and was recognised by Everton supporters as their Player of the Year in 2012.
“I’m really pleased to get the move completed and I’m looking forward to playing my first game,” Heitinga told fulhamfc.com. “I think it’s a good move for myself and I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates. I’ve spoken already with René Meulensteen and I think it’s the right club for me.
“This is a club with a great history and I always enjoyed playing at Craven Cottage, I really like it as a stadium. It’s not one of the biggest but it’s got something special.
“Of course, I know Maarten Stekelenburg very well – we were players at Ajax together and we played many years in the national team together.
“I chose Fulham because the feeling was good and what was also important was the conversation between me and René. He knows exactly what he wants and I know exactly what I want. The main thing is to keep Fulham in the league and hopefully the boys will start with a win against Southampton.”