Danny Vukovic signs for N.E.C. Nijmegen

Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has found a new home in Dutch club N.E.C. Nijmegen. 

The recently-promoted  Eredivisie outfit announced that he has signed a two-year contract, with an option included for an extra season.

Vukovic returns to Europe after departing KRC Genk in March and spending time with the Socceroos during their recent June FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in Kuwait City. 

The 36-year-old made over 100 league appearances during a memorable time in Belgium after playing his first club match abroad in 2017. 

In his first season at Genk, the shot-stopper was named player of the season and in 2019 he was part of the squad that won the Pro League title and Super Cup. 

During that period he made his Socceroos debut against Colombia in March 2018 - on the day of his 33rd birthday - and has gone on to earn four international caps to date and become a member of Australia's 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup squads. 

After a stint training back in Sydney, which coincided with the birth of his second child Axel in April, Vukovic again represented his country during Australia's 5-1 victory over Chinese Taipei. 

From camp he jetted off to the Netherlands to finalise his move. 

"NEC is a new chapter in my career," Vukovic told NEC Nijmegen

"Nijmegen is a very beautiful city and the story of the club appealed to me. In addition, with my experience I can be a valuable addition to the talented players within the selection. 

"We are working on a great project that I would like to be a part of. I can't wait to play in a sold out Goffert stadium. In the coming seasons we have to show that NEC belongs in the Eredivisie.”

NEC Technical Director Ted van Leeuwen shared that the move was the result of the club's long-term interest.

“In our search for the right balance between young talent and experienced employees, we came across Danny Vukovic," he said. 

We are very happy with his arrival. He has been one of the top goalkeepers in Belgium for years and is currently an Australian international. 

"Besides being a good goalkeeper, Danny is a charismatic leader, extremely driven and pushes everyone to the limit. An example player. 

"Most players in our selection are talented, but only a few players have experienced what top football really means and it is very difficult to explain that feeling in words."