NAC will begin the new season on minus one point due to financial problems. However, a comfortable mid-table spot shouldn’t be too hard for the side to reach. During the summer NAC’s main mission was to reduce the number of players they had under contract and they have done just that; the squad size has been reduced from 31 to 2. Expectations are low in Breda and the third place the club achieved in 2008 seems like a miracle. It will be impossible to repeat such feats as the sell, sell, sell, philosophy appears to be the only way to survive. A good example of this must surely be Alexander Schalk. The 17-year-old was the youth team’s top scorer, but now he looks to be on his way to Scottish side Celtic, without having played even a single first team game.
Key arrivals: Kees Luyckx (AZ Alkmaar); Marvin van der Pluijm (Den Bosch); Jens Janse (Willem II)
Key departures: Kurt Elshot (released); Patrick Zwaanswijk (Central Coast Mariners); Edwin de Graaf (Hibernian); Enic Valles Prat (Birmingham City); Martjin Reuser (released)