Belgian Pro League outfit Club Brugge have signed a half Belgian-Malaysian defender Dion Cools on a four-year deal.
The 19-year-old plied his trade with Oud-Heverlee Leuven last season, having made 26 appearances in the second division and will continue his career in the Belgium’s top flight for 2015/16 campaign.
“It was a childhood dream come true to play for Club Brugge, I’m a passionate fan since I was a young kid,” said Cools in a statement on the club website regarding the move.
Cools, who has already represented Belgium U-19 in international level, is eligible to don the Harimau Malaya’s jersey through his mother heritage, where he was also born in Kuching, Malaysia.
“It would be an honour for me [to represent Malaysia],” Cools revealed previously in an interview with FourFourTwo.
“My father is a Belgian and my mother is a Malaysian from Kuching, Sarawak who moved over here due to their marriage more than 20 years ago.
“I used to go regularly to Malaysia, as my mother’s family is still there and I love the food especially the famous Sarawak laksa and the chicken rice!”
Players with mixed-parentage have been lighting up Malaysian football scene lately, following the likes of Junior Eldstal, Brendan Gan and Matthew Davies whose have opted to play for Malaysia.