ADO Den Haag has added a new player to their squad. Forward Elson Hooi (25) signs a two-year contract with an option for a third. The international of Curaçao is transfer free from the Danish side Vendsyssel FF.
Hooi started his career as part of the youth side of NAC Breda, where he also made his debut in professional football in 2012. After two and a half seasons and 62 games in the Eredivisie, scoring eight times, the player was loaned out to Danish side Viborg, the club where Donny Gorter also played. After six months, Hooi returned to NAC to be leased to FC Volendam in early 2016. At the beginning of last season, the Willemstand born player was trying his luck at Ermis Aradippou in Cyprus. In the final months of last year Hooi went out Vendsyssel FF.
Since 2015 Hooi is international for Curaçao. With his country he won the Caribbean Cup by beating Jamaica in the final 2-1 at the end of June. He scored both of the goals in that final. By winning that prize, Hooi with Curaçao was allowed to participate in the Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America this month. After three defeats, Curaçao was eliminated in the group phase.
Jeffrey van As: “I know Elson from the time I was technical director at NAC. I was always charmed by him, he is a player capable of playing in multiple positions. Elson can also score goals, as he proved during the Caribbean Cup. I’ve always followed Elson, especially during his foreign adventures. He can definitely add value to ADO Den Haag.”
Hooi about how his transfer to ADO came about: “That happened through Jeffrey van As, I already knew from my NAC days. We had been in contact for a while now and now I’m here. ADO Den Haag is a good club with a nice stadium. I’m eager to start, and I’m in peak condition because I’ve played a lot for the national team lately.”
Ernestas Setkus is leaving for Hapoel Haifa in Israel. Previously, the goalkeeper did not agree with the terms on offer, but the player and Hapoel Haifa have now come to an agreement. ADO Den Haag also agreed on the transfer of Setkus. The Lithuanian signs a multi-annual contract in Israel.
Setkus left the Turkish side Sivasspor in the summer of 2016. He claimed his place as the number one keeper at ADO. However, he lost that position to Robert Zwinkels after Setkus was suspended for the match against Feyenoord after a red card against Go Ahead Eagles. The goalkeeper played a total of 22 matches for ADO Den Haag.
Everybody Ernestas a lot of success at Hapoel Haifa!
Ernestas Setkus will join the ADO summer training camp in Zeeland again this week. The goalkeeper was on the verge of a transfer to Hapoel Haifa from Israel, but Setkus did not sign for that club.
Setkus is wanting first team football and is aware that he has dropped down the order of keepers at ADO after Robert Zwinkels was made the number one choice towards the end of last season. Setkus fears that the lack of first team football will cost him his place as the number one choice for his national side, Lithuania.
Possibly, the Lithuanian may take part in the game against Bruse Boys on Wednesday, or on Friday, when ADO Den Haag take on a Zeeuws XI in their last friendly match of the camp in Zeeland.
Bas Kuipers plays for the next two seasons at ADO Den Haag. The 22-year-old left back will join free of charge from Excelsior.
At Excelsior, Kuipers played seventy six Eredivisie games in three seasons. In the first season he was loaned by Ajax. In Amsterdam, Kuipers joined the youth training and spent one year playing for Young Ajax in the Jupiler League. The Amsterdammer was also a Dutch youth international. He played three times for Young Oranje. He did that during the famous international youth tournament in Toulon. There Kuipers played with Danny Bakker.
Bas Kuipers: “After three years at Excelsior, I found it time to go one step higher, and that’s ADO Den Haag. A great club. It’s nice to get back with Fons Groenendijk. I played for him at Excelsior. I would like to fight for the left back position, but I can also act as an attacking left-wing back. ADO finished well last season. I hope to help to keep that series continue.”
Manager of Football Affairs Jeffrey van As: “With Bas, we have a player who has proven to be a good player in the Eredivisie in recent years. He already has a lot of experience, despite his age. Bas had an excellent learning base at Ajax going through the entire youth training system. Bas is a left back, which gives us extra possibilities in the back. Fons Groenendijk the trainer also knows that, so we know Bas well.
Gervane Kastaneer is going to pursue his career at German side FC Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga 2. The 21-year-old attacker signs a contract for three seasons in Germany. Kastaneer had a declining commitment in The Hague.
In 2013 Kastaneer left FC Dordrecht and came to ADO Den Haag. In his first season at the club he did not manage to break into the first team. On February 2, 2015, Kastaneer debuted in the first team during the home match against FC Twente. During the winter break of the 2015/2016 season, the Rotterdammer was loaned out to FC Eindhoven for six months.
Last season Kastaneer returned strongly at ADO. He scored twice against Vitesse and once against Excelsior. Partly due to his goals ADO had a great start to the season. Then against PEC Zwolle, the attacker suffered an eye injury, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.
Donny Gorter remains a player of ADO Den Haag. The midfielder has entered into a three-year contract at the club.
Gorter came to ADO during the winter break and was soon involved in the first team squad. After injuring his knee, he lost his place. The 29 year old player still opted to stay at ADO Den Haag.
“I have said that this club was on my wish list, and not only because my father was born and raised in The Hague. That feeling at ADO is still great, so I’m happy to stay here. In the end, I’ve been around. And now I get to work quickly. I hope to be of great importance to the club in the coming seasons.”
Gorter previously appeared in the Netherlands for NAC Breda and AZ Alkmaar and played in Denmark at Viborg and Aalborg.
Today, once again, dreams have come true for ADO Den Haag. The return of midfielder Lex Immers to The Hague, the player himself also wanted to rejoin the yellow-green team. It has all now come true for both parties.He has signs a contract for two seasons and will wear the number 10 shirt.
In 2007 Immers debuted in professional football as a player of ADO. That happened against RKC Waalwijk. He soon became of permanent value and got the club promotion to the Eredivisie. In the 2010/2011 season, the now 31-year-old footballer rose to a new level. The Hagenaar played all the matches and scored ten goals in the Eredivisie when the club reached European football after the amazing playoffs against FC Groningen.
In 2012 Immers left for Feyenoord, where he eventually played three and a half seasons. His career then took him to Cardiff City and Club Brugge., from were he released from his contract last month. Now Lex is back home.
Manager of Football Affairs Jeffrey van As: “With Lex we have an excellent football player. Of course, Lex also fits perfectly with this club. He has the mentality that belongs to The Hague, passion, fight and The Hague bluff. Supporters appreciate that very much. Lex has gained a lot of experience over the past few years, which will definitely be useful to us. Another advantage is that Lex knows the club well and, of course, it’s a great sign for ADO Den Haag. We look forward to two good years.”
Lex said about returning: “It has always been a dream to return to ADO Den Haag, it was sooner than expected, but I’m very happy about it. When ADO Den Haag wanted me, I hope that my arrival will boost the whole club, and also to be among the new players. Like my previous period, I want to experience many great moments again.”
Photos courtesy and with thanks to Marc of ADOfans.nl
Mike Havenaar will pursue his career at the Japanese Vissel Kobe. The Japanese striker would love to return to his native country, where he also has a daughter. Havenaar did have a contract at ADO for another season.
Havenaar left HJK Helsinki in the summer of 2015. At ADO, Havenaar immediately became a major pawn in the attack. In his first season he found the net sixteen times. Last season, Havenaar was ruled out for a long period due to a serious viral infection, but he returned strongly, eventually finishing with nine goals.
The striker has had many ups and a few down during his two years at ADO. Sadly he will be remembered more for one miss than all the goals he scored.
The club and the fans thank Mike for two great seasons and wish him a lot of luck at Vissel Kobe!
Ismaïl Aissati will train at ADO from Monday. The 28-year-old midfielder has no club at this time. Aissati is given the opportunity to convince the technical staff that he will be able to add value to the club.
The two time Moroccan international broke into PSV in 2005. Aissati has also played for FC Twente (on loan), Ajax, Vitesse (on loan), Antalyaspor, Terek Grozny and last season for Alanyaspor.For the Turkish club, Aissati played 12 games in the league.
ADO Den Haag will take Melvyn Lorenzen on trial as of Thursday. The 22-year-old attacker played last season for Werder Bremen, but has no contract at this time.
Lorenzen arrived in Bremen via Holstein Kiel in 2013. There he made his debut in the Bundesliga on October 5th 2013 in a match with VfB Stuttgart as replacement for Hagenaar Eljero Elia. Lorenzen will train two times with ADO and the club hopes to see him play at Lugdunum on Saturday.