Feyenoord contracted Michael Mols Monday on a free transfer as back up for main striker Roy Makaay. The 36-year-old front man arrives at De Kuip from ADO Den Haag. ‘We continue to invest a great deal of energy searching for a striker alongside Makaay,’ said technical manager Peter Bosz, ‘but in Michael we now have an experienced, classy player to fall back on who can bring on the young players.’

After the departure of Angelos Charisteas, Feyenoord are not letting up in their quest for a striker to pair up with Makaay. ‘Angelos’ transfer was financially so attractive to us that we couldn’t keep him, but you cannot start the league campaign with just one attacker,’ admitted technical manager Peter Bosz.

‘Michael’s arrival helps us enormously,’ continued Bosz. ‘We can take our time to look for the ideal candidate in the knowledge that we have him as back up. At the same time, Michael brings a lot of class and experience with him, and he can be a model for our young players. No one need be concerned about his fitness, because Michael started 30 matches for ADO last season.’

Mols originally announced his retirement from the playing side of things, but did not want to end his career with relegation. ‘I had the chance to go to Australia and I went to have a look, but it didn’t feel completely right and if I have doubts I won’t do it. At Feyenoord I felt a little bit nervous for the first time for a long time. I was tense about whether it would happen or not. I think that says enough.’

‘I spoke with the coach on Sunday,’ continued Mols. ‘He was honest and clear about my role. Makaay is the main striker and I’m second or third choice. My arrival gives the coach more options, that is the most important thing. I still feel fit and it is an honour for me that a club like Feyenoord has come in for me. I think everyone is itching to start the season and that also has an impact on my decision to continue. This year could be a really good one and that is how I hope to sign off.’

Michael Mols started his career at Cambuur Leeuwarden, and also played for FC Twente, FC Utrecht, Glasgow Rangers, FC Utrecht again and ADO Den Haag. He has six Dutch caps. He has been given the number 14 shirt at Feyenoord.
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