Young Aussie Kenneth Dougall’s Sparta Rotterdam has been promoted to the Eredivisie after a stunning season in the Dutch second division.
The former NPL Queensland and Brisbane Roar youth product has been a solid contributor as Sparta cruised to the Eerste Divisie title with three games to spare.
It’s been a breakout season for the 22-year-old, who has featured in 29 games for the Rotterdam club at both centre-back and left-back.
The Rotterdam club secured the title with a 3-1 win over Jong Ajax last Sunday thanks to late goals from Michel Breuer and Sherjill MacDonald.
Sparta return to the top flight in the Netherlands for the first time in six years, with Dougall set to go up against huge clubs like Ajax and city rivals Feyenoord.
Fellow Aussies Tomi Juric, Daniel De Silva, Rostyn Griffiths (all Roda JC) and Brad Jones (NEC Nijmegen) also currently play in the Dutch Eredivisie.