Gertjan Verbeek has been named as Adelaide United’s new head-coach replacing the outgoing Marco Kurz on a two-year deal.

Verbeek, 56, has a wealth of experience coaching all over Europe, primarily in the Netherlands and Germany for sides such as Heerenveen, Feeyenoord, AZ Alkmaar, VfL Bochum and most recently FC Twente.

During his time at Alkmaar he enjoyed success in bringing home the KNVB Cup in 2013 after defeating PSV Eindhoven in the final.

This also comes with a solid playing career featuring over 250 appearances for Heerenveen between 1984 and 1994 before moving to the realms of coaching.

Verbeek said he is very excited to begin his coaching duties in Adelaide after just over a year out of the coaching spheres.

“I am very excited to be joining Adelaide United and cannot wait for this incredible opportunity to begin,” Verbeek said.

“I have followed Australian football for a while now and have admired the work ethic and passion Aussies have for the game.

“I am coming to South Australia to improve the quality of football and establish a hungry and competitive team.”

The Dutchman promised to bring an exciting brand of football to Adelaide as they look to build on their semi-final exit last season.

“I can promise the Adelaide United fans that our team will be incredibly hardworking and hope to entertain you all with some high-quality football,” Verbeek said.

“As I said, I am very excited for this journey and my family and I are very eager for it all to start.”

Nick D’Urbano