Bundesliga’s Beerens embarks on Championship challengeReading Football Club are thrilled to announce the signing of Dutch winger Roy Beerens, who has today completed a move to Madejski Stadium from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin for an undisclosed fee.
The highly-regarded Bladel-born winger has opted to join Reading ahead of a number of other clubs interested in his signature – the 28-year-old putting pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Royals this afternoon.
Manager Jaap Stam said, “Roy has a lot of qualities – he is a winger that can play on either the left or the right, and technically he is very strong. He has pace, he can score goals and create chances for others.
“I think he is going to be a player the fans will enjoy watching. We want players who are comfortable on the ball, can use possession and create things. So when the opportunity to sign him arose, Brian Tevreden began talks with his agent immediately and now we’re very happy that Roy is joining us.”
Beerens began his career at PSV Eindhoven, representing the Eredivisie giants in his teenage years before a loan spell at NEC Nijmegen in 2007.
He scored his first professional goal in a top flight win over Roda JC in October 2006 and earned Champions League experience whilst on Eindhoven’s books – coming off the bench for Ronald Koeman’s men in games against Bordeaux and Liverpool early in his career.
Beerens moved to Heerenveen where he really rose to prominence during four years in Friesland.
There he won the Dutch Cup, featuring in the final which was won after a penalty shootout against Twente in Rotterdam in 2009. He also formed part of a side which took on the likes of AC Milan, Sporting Lisbon and Hertha Berlin in the Europa League.
Beerens also broke onto the international scene whilst in Heerenveen, first representing the Netherlands in the 2008 Olympics. In Beijing, he played alongside the likes of Ryan Babel, Jonathan De Guzman, Roy Makaay and former Royal Royston Drenthe in the Dutch side which bowed out in extra time to Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero’s Argentina.
A regular under-21 for Holland, Beerens went on to make two appearances for the senior Dutch side – debuting in a friendly 1-1 draw with the Ukraine in 2010 before replacing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in a defeat to Germany in Hamburg a year later.
In 2011, the fleet-footed midfielder signed for AZ Alkmaar and more Europa League experience came in the form of meetings with Valencia, Anderlecht, Udinese and Benfica amongst many others. And Beerens won his second Dutch Cup in 2013, helping his newest team overcome the challenge of his former side, PSV Eindhoven, with a 2-1 win in the Final.
In 2014, he left his native Holland to sign a contract with Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin, scoring four goals in 26 starts whilst playing his football in the German capital.
He will now link up with Jaap Stam’s squad next week, upon their return from a training camp in Oosterbeek.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe added, “We are delighted to have won the race to sign an attacking player of Roy’s stature. Having spent his entire career in top flight football, and with international and European football also on his CV, I am sure he will prove a valuable addition to a squad which is really beginning to take shape.”