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Indonesia young striker Ezra Walian signs with Almere City FC

Indonesia’s half-Dutch striker Ezra Walian has signed a two-year contract with Dutch second-tier side Almere City.

The signing was announced by Almere City on Tuesday in a statement on the club’s website. Ezra’s father, Glenn Walian, told BolaSports reporters that the negotiations had taken placed before the striker joined the U-22 team for 2017 SEA Games.

“[Ezra] Walian will return to the Netherlands on Aug. 31, succeeding he will join the team of Almere City FC.  The talented attacker originates from the youth academy of AZ and transferred to Ajax when he was only 14 years old,” the club said.

“In 2013 he signed his first professional contract in Amsterdam, where he made his professional debut on Sept. 26, 2016. In the past season [Ezra] Walian played 22 matches for the successful team of Ajax Reserves in the first division of the Netherlands, de Jupiler League.

“Ezra is a promising striker. With his ‘hero’ status in Asia he had several options. It is to his credit that he chose Almere City FC as a stepping stone to develop himself further.”

Ezra, whose father is Indonesian, has been a free agent after he decided not to renew the contract with his former club Ajax Amsterdam.