Hobie Verhulst is one of the few players whose contract expires after this season of the current AZ selection. The Alkmaarder is not that strange, because he has only been the first goalkeeper of AZ since the summer. In our football talk show De Aftrap, Verhulst says that he is in talks with the club about a longer stay in Alkmaar.

    Hobie Verhulst talks to AZ about a new contract – NH Sport / Edward Dekker

    Verhulst returned from Go Ahead Eagles to AZ last summer where he played in the youth academy. Last season, Peter Vindahl Jensen, who was attracted for almost two million euros, was preferred by trainer Pascal Jansen, but this season Verhulst is the first choice.

    “It would be nice if I could become a very important pillar for AZ”

    AZ goalkeeper Hobie conceals

    “The club is very satisfied”, says Verhulst, who also wants to stay. “I have played fourteen games for AZ. It would be great if I can make a lot of it and become a very important pillar for AZ.”

    Football as science

    Naturally, the scientific approach to stopping penalties for the Dutch national team is also discussed in De Aftrap. National coach Louis van Gaal told a press conference this week that he has added former volleyball coach Peter Murphy to the staff for this. The unselected goalkeepers Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord) and Kjell Scherpen (Vitesse) also come to Zeist especially for this.

    Former player of Ajax and FC Volendam, among others, Ton Blanker understands the skepticism. “Perhaps it is drawn a little too much into the scientific field, but if the expertise of the goalkeeper coach can be supplemented, I would say: yes.” Verhulst is especially curious about what exactly is being researched.

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    Ton Blanker and Hobie Verhulst about the scientific approach to the penalty at Orange – NH Sport / Edward Dekker

    The Kick-Off can be seen on TV every Friday at NH Sport. The first broadcast is at 5.10 pm and after that you can watch it every hour in the repeat.

    Halfway through the program Erik-Jan Brinkman plays the game Raak de Vlag against a (former) football player. This time he will compete in Alkmaar against Beau Reus, the current goalkeeper of the Belgian Beveren. The broadcast ends with the new line-up of our own team FC De Aftrap.

    Can’t wait for the broadcast to be on TV? Watch the entire broadcast of Friday September 23 below!

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    The Kick-off of Friday September 23 with Hobie Verhulst and Ton Blanker – NH Sport / Edward Dekker

    Next week sports photographer Olaf Kraak and FC Volendam player Daryl van Mieghem will be guests in De Aftrap. If you have any questions and/or comments, please email [email protected]

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