Persib has officially signed a highly regarded forward in Ezra Walian weeks before it begins a campaign in Piala Menpora, a pre-season tournament that involves 18 top-tier Indonesian clubs.
The Amsterdam-born Indonesian naturalized player will wear shirt number 30, the club’s official Twitter unveiled on Sunday, ending week-long speculation that linked Persib with various striking options ahead of the new 2021 season.
The 23-year-old Walian will be adding a striking power to Persib as the West Java giant previously announced the arrival of Ferdinand Sinaga, a flamboyant striker that helped the club end its 19-year league trophy drought in 2014.
Born to an Indonesian father and a Dutch mother, Walian started his junior career with Ajax Amsterdam junior team, also known as Jong Ajax, where he scored three goals in 22 appearances.
He revealed that he had signed a three-year contract with Persib that would keep him in Bandung until 2024.
Having played for PSM Makassar for the last one and a half year, Walian is already accustomed to Indonesian footballing culture. The young forward made his senior national team debut when Indonesia faced Cambodia at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.
The signing is announced as Persib celebrates its 88th anniversary on Sunday. He is the fourth Dutch signee under coach Robert Albert, having previously invited Nick Kuipers, Kevin Van Kipperluis and Geoffrey Castillion to the club.
Photo source: Persib on Twitter