Western Sydney Wanderers sign Dutch players Marlous Pieëte and Maruschka Waldus

INTERNATIONAL: Dutch striker Marlous Pieëte has joined the Wanderers after winning the Eredivisie with AFC Ajax. Picture: Western Sydney Wanderers

INTERNATIONAL: Dutch striker Marlous Pieëte has joined the Wanderers after winning the Eredivisie with AFC Ajax. Picture: Western Sydney Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers have significantly bolstered the spine of their W-League squad with the signing of two experienced Dutch players.

Forward Marlous Pieëte and defender Maruschka Waldus are in Australia ahead of the side’s October 29 season opener away to Newcastle Jets.

Pieëte joins from legendary Dutch club AFC Ajax, where she scored 10 goals and lifted the league cup in four seasons at the top level of women’s football in the Netherlands.

Western Sydney is her first foreign club, although she’s no stranger to international games with 48 caps for her country.

Waldus has played in America, Sweden, Germany and Iceland, as well as her native Netherlands.

The versatile defender scored twice in her last season with FC Twente, who finished second to Pieëte’s side Ajax in the women’s Eredivisie.

STRONG SPINE: Pieëte is joined by Dutch defender Maruschka Waldus, who also has a knack for finding the back of the net. Picture: Western Sydney Wanderers

STRONG SPINE: Pieëte is joined by Dutch defender Maruschka Waldus, who also has a knack for finding the back of the net. Picture: Western Sydney Wanderers

W-League coach Rich Byrne said the pair would add quality to his squad, who had a disappointing 2016/17 season with just four wins from 12 games.

“Marlous has played at the very top with the Dutch national side and is coming off a successful season with Ajax. She will bring both quality and experience to the squad,” Byrne said.

“Maruschka comes with a CV of playing in the top leagues across Europe, experience in the Champions League and the NWSL. She’s a fantastic addition to our team.”

The two foreign signings are a departure from the Wanderers’ previous approach, having exclusively recruited American players last season.

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