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Joonas Kolkka has agreed a one-season deal with Feyenoord for the coming season. The Finnish striker – the third acquisition for the Rotterdammers in three days following Stein Huysegems and Theo Lucius – is set to sign a contract with the club that includes an optional one-year extension. Kolkka wore the colours of ADO Den Haag in the season just ended. ‘Joonas will give us more strength in depth,’ says Erwin Koeman.
‘I am really happy that I’m going to play for Feyenoord,’ said Kolkka, who is currently on holiday. Everyone knows this club and its fantastic history. I didn’t think anything like this could happen at the start of the season. I’m now 31 and if you get the chance at a super top club like Feyenoord you have to take it immediately of course.’
The 31-year-old Kolkka has already had quite a career since leaving Finland’s MyPa. Willem II, PSV, Panathinaikos, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Crystal Palace have all hired the player, who has also been capped 68 times by his country. That experience is one of the reasons Erwin Koeman is happy to add him to his roster. ‘Joonas is experienced and above all a real enthusiast. I like to have players like that. With him we will have more strength in depth. He can play on the left or the right in our system.’
‘I feel completely fit and ready to play at the top again,’ said Kolkka. ‘Last season went really well at ADO. It certainly went well at De Kuip.’ Kolkka bagged both goals against Feyenoord in his side’s two-nil win at the end of March of course. ‘I hope to do that for Feyenoord now. In a stadium like this you just cannot play badly. I think I bring a good deal of experience and what’s more I can be used in several positions. I can play on the right or left wing and on the left of midfield for instance.’
‘Joonas knows the role he’ll start with,’ added Koeman. ‘But you never know how things will pan out. I think we’ll be using him a lot and that he can be very valuable for Feyenoord.’