Mulder's "living a dream" after signing for Swans
Erwin Mulder admits he is living a dream at Swansea City as he bids to joins the list of Dutch keepers who have thrived at the Liberty.
Free-agent Mulder has become the Swans’ first signing of the summer after turning down a new contract at former club Heerenveen.
The 28-year-old, who has played more than 250 senior games in his native Holland, has agreed a three-year contract in SA1 which he will sign at the beginning of July.
Mulder had a number of offers in Holland, but was intent on moving to the Premier League when the Swans came calling.
“I am very happy to be here,” he said.
“It is exciting. As a little boy, I had two dreams – to play in national league in Holland and also to play in the Premier League.
“Now the opportunity has come and I have taken it with both hands.
“The Premier League is the biggest league in the world. As a player, you want to be part of that.”
Mulder strengthens Swans boss Paul Clement’s goalkeeping options following the summer departures of Gerhard Tremmel and youngster Josh Vickers.
He will become the fourth Dutch stopper to wear the Swans shirt after Dorus de Vries, Michel Vorm and Nico Schroeder, who featured for the club in the late 1970s.
Should he enjoy the kind of success they did, Mulder will be a big hit in Wales.
“There have been many Dutch players here, including some goalkeepers,” he added.
“A lot of them have done well here so it is nice for me to be here now.
“I know a little bit about the club. I spoke with Leroy Fer and Mike van der Hoorn. They told me some good things about the club.”
Mulder leaves Heerenveen after two years as their first-choice keeper, having joined them when Nordfeldt exited the club to join the Swans in 2015.
Mulder has spent the vast majority of his career at Feyenoord, where he spent more than four seasons as a regular in goal, turning out in the Europa League as well as domestically.
Now his task is to compete for a starting place under Clement.
“I played I think over 250 matches in – I think I have improved well in that time,” Mulder said.
“Of course I want to challenge to play here, but Lukasz Fabianski is here and Kristoffer Nordfeldt is here, so it is going to be difficult. But I am going to do best.
“Swansea finished last season well. Of course I hope we can do well net season. We want to finish as high in the table as possible and we will do our best to do that.”