After 19 years at Ajax, defender Joel Veltman heads to Brighton …


After a career at Amsterdam football club Ajax spanning 19 years, defender Joel Veltman is heading to English club Brighton Hove Albion on a three year contract.

Veltman, who will wear shirt number 34 in honour of former team mate Abdelhak Nouri, had one year remaining on his Ajax contract and is thought to have changed hands for around €1m.

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After 19 years at Ajax, defender Joel Veltman heads to Brighton …

About Veltman
Veltman is a Dutch surname translating as “field man”. Notable people with the surname include:

Alexander Veltman (1800–1870), Russian writer
Calvin Veltman (born 1941), American sociolinguist
Daryl Veltman (born 1985), Canadian lacrosse player
Esther Veltman (born 1966), Dutch cricketer
Jim Veltman (born 1966), Canadian lacrosse player
Joël Veltman (born 1992), Dutch footballer
Kim H. Veltman (born 1948), Dutch/Canadian historian of science
Marieke Veltman (born 1971), American long jumper and heptathlete
Martinus J. G. Veltman (born 1931), Dutch theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize laureate
Known for a.o. the Van Dam-Veltman-Zakharov discontinuity
Pat Veltman (1906–1980), American baseball player
Steve Veltman (born 1969), American cyclist
Thierry Veltman (born 1939), Dutch painter, sculptor, and ceramist
Vera Veltman pseudonym of Vera Panova (1905–1973), Soviet novelist, playwright, and journalist

‘It is time for me to go,’ Veltman, 28, said on the Ajax website. ‘I want to have new experiences abroad and I am keen to start in Brighton.’

Veltman joined Ajax as a junior in 2001 and played his first match for the top team in 2012. With 21 caps to his name, he has turned out 246 times for the Amsterdammers, scoring 10 times.

After 19 years at Ajax, defender Joel Veltman heads to Brighton …

According to football website Voetbal Primeur, other clubs were also interested in Veltman but he opted for Brighton because he wanted to play in the Premier League.

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