The defender, 28, cost Brighton just £900,000 due to a release clause in his contract, and he penned a three-year deal with Graham Potters’ Seagulls.
It’s something of a coup for the south coast club, who have signed a player with four Eredivisie titles and a wealth of Champions League and international experience.
Joel Veltman: New Brighton signing pays tribute to Abdelhak Nouri …
The signing was announced on Wednesday evening and Veltman was pictured holding up his new Brighton shirt, bearing the number 34.
But why has Veltman opted for this specific number with his new club?
The answer: it’s a tribute to his former Ajax teammate Abdelhak Nouri, who tragically went into an induced coma after collapsing during a friendly match in 2017.
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Nouri suffered a cardiac arrhythmia in the pre-season clash vs Werder Bremen, being revived on the pitch and airlifted to hospital.
He was left with brain damage and in a vegetative state, but there were positive signs in March as ‘Appie’, as he is known, woke from his coma – two years and nine months after the tragic incident.
Nouri’s brother, Abderrahim, said on Dutch television: “He has not been home very long, we take care of him there now.
“I must say that since he is at home it is going much better than before in the hospital.
“He is aware of where he is, he is back in a familiar environment with his family.
“He’s no longer in a coma. He’s very bedridden and still very dependent on us.”
Appie wore the No.34 with Ajax and even now his shirt and number and shown when the Dutch giants score.
And Veltman has opted to wear the same number with Brighton as his own personal tribute.
“Everyone knows what happened to Appie,” said Veltman. “He was a friend of everyone, we all love him and still do which is why when Ajax celebrates a goal they show the No.34.”