Danish central defender Michael Jakobsen has traded A-League homes, leaving Melbourne City to join rivals Adelaide United.
The 32-year-old began his career with PSV Eindhoven and has five caps for the Danish national team, in addition to over 200 Danish Superliga appearances for heavyweights like Aalborg and Kobenhavn. Whilst at City he made 43 appearances in two seasons, winning the FFA Cup in 2016.
The Dane who was handed the club captaincy in the wake of Bruno Fornaroli’s long-term ankle injury, had played every match up until round 27 when he suffered a thigh complaint, which led him to miss City’s finals campaign.
Jakobsen spoke of this excitement of switching to Adelaide and how he was motivated to win a title with Adelaide.
“I’m excited because it’s a new chapter of my career and I’m really looking forward to getting started,” he said.
“I’ve heard only positive things about Adelaide United, so that was a big part of my decision.
“People have said Adelaide is a good city especially for small families and I have a small family so it’s perfect.
“The team had a good season last year and the ambitions are high at the Club, which is what I like and this suits me well.
“I want to win games and I want to win titles and hopefully I can contribute to doing that with Adelaide.”
Adelaide United Head Coach, Marco Kurz, said Jakobsen’s excellent leadership qualities and experience would be of major benefit to his team.
“We are delighted to have Michael join us for the next two seasons,” Kurz said.
“He is a very experienced defender and has had a very good career in Europe and also with Melbourne City in the A-League.
“He has played for the Danish national team and was Melbourne City’s captain last season, so he will bring a lot of leadership to our group, which will be fantastic for our young players.”