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Arjan van Heusden

Arjan van Heusden
Personal information
Full name Arjan van Heusden
Date of birth (1972-12-11) 11 December 1972
Place of birth Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1993–1994 VV Noordwijk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 Port Vale 27 (0)
1997 Oxford United (loan) 11 (0)
1998–2000 Cambridge United 42 (0)
2000–2002 Exeter 74 (0)
2002 Mansfield Town 5 (0)
2002–2005 Torquay United 47 (0)
Total 206 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Arjan van Heusden (born 11 December 1972) is a Dutch former professional football goalkeeper who played much of his career in the English Football League.

Playing career

Van Heusden began his career in his native Netherlands with VV Noordwijk, moving to England in December 1993 for a trial with Port Vale, signing permanently in May 1994 for a fee of £4,500.[1] He joined up with fellow Dutchman Robin van der Laan, who had already established himself in John Rudge's squad. However Van Heusden failed to dislodge the ever-reliable Paul Musselwhite and so joined Oxford United on loan in September 1997, playing 11 league games.

In August 1998 he moved to Cambridge United on a free transfer. He played 42 league games before moving to Exeter City in August 2000. After stalling on Exeter's offer of a fresh contract in April 2002[2] he signed within the club's ten day limit,[3] though this failed to put an end to speculation over his future.[4]

In August 2002 he joined Scottish side Clyde on a short-term deal, before returning to England to play for Mansfield Town the following month as Mansfield were in the midst of a goalkeeping injury crisis.[5] In November 2002 he joined Torquay United, initially on non-contract terms, later signing a longer contract after establishing himself as the first choice keeper.[6] He struggled with injury in the 2004–05 season and subsequently retired from professional football and returned to the Netherlands where he resumed his playing career with FC Lisse.

References

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External links

  • Arjan van Heusden career statistics at Soccerbase
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