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John Heitinga completes Hertha Berlin switch

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John Heitinga has joined Hertha Berlin on a two year deal after leaving former Premier League side, Fulham. 

The Dutch defender makes the move as a free transfer after passing his medical on Monday and he will have the option over whether to sign on for a further season when his contract expires. 

Heitinga leaves Fulham after a torrid one year stay where he made just 14 appearances and saw his side relegated from the Premier League. 

PREMIER LEAGUE MAINSTAY

Before playing under the lights at Craven Cottage, Heitinga spent five years at Everton, where he made 115 appearances and scored two goals.

Whilst playing on Merseyside, the centre back continued to play on for his national team where he played at the 2010 World Cup and the proceeding European Championships. This year however, he has missed the cut to play in Brazil after a lack of games. The last time he made an appearance for the Netherlands was over 12 months ago against Chile. 

FRESH CHALLENGE

Despite being dismissed from International duty the 30-year-old is looking forward to the new season and cannot wait to continue his playing career in the German League. 

"I was desperate to play in the Bundesliga, that's why I'm really looking forward to playing for Hertha." said Heitinga. "I'm looking forward to meeting the team and their terrific fans."

For Hertha fans this has been an exciting summer transfer window as Heitinga becomes their fifth signing already. 

BERLIN IS BUZZING

At the end of May, Japan Intenational, Genki Haraguchi completed his move from J-League club, Urawa Red Diamonds. He joins former Diamonds team mate, Hajime Hosogai. The 23 year old forward made 162 appearances for the Japanese top flight side and scored 33 goals and provided 22 assists. 

Joining Haraguchi at the Old Lady includes left back, Marvin Plattenhardt, previously of FC Nürnberg, Swiss striker, Valentin Stocker and Bayer Leverkusen's, Jens Hegeler. 

Hertha are rapidly improving their challenge for a European place next season and the return of Piere-Michel Lassoga is another massive boost. Lassoga spent last season on loan at Hamburg and scored 13 goals in 20 games. 

Last season Hertha finished 11th in the table which for the newly promoted side was a reasonable achievement. They made an unbelievable start to the season by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 on the opening day.

Their great form at the start was overshadowed by their poor performances in 2014 where they lost 10 games and picked up just 13 points from 17 matches after the turn of the year. By increasing the squad, fans will be hoping they dont drop off half way through the next campaign. 

Unfortunately, top scorer, Adrian Ramos, will be leaving the capital to join Borussia Dortmund. 

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