Van Heusden, Arjan
Arriving from Cambridge United, and with experience in his native Netherlands and with Port Vale, Arjan Van Heusden spent a couple of seasons with Exeter City as the club began to struggle ahead of its eventual relegation from the Football League. He later won promotion with Torquay United.
Arjan played for VV Noordwijk before signing for Port Vale at the age of twenty-one in May 1994. Staying four years at Vale Park, but only playing 27 league games, Arjan was loaned to Oxford United before moving to Cambridge United in August 1998 where he appeared in 42 league games in a two-season stay.
With six years’ experience in the Football League, Arjan penned a deal with Exeter City in August 2000 and made his Grecians debut against Cardiff City on 12 August 2000. Missing only five league matches all season, Arjan made 43 league and cup appearances as City finished 19th in the fourth-tier. With a slight improvement in the club’s fortunes in 2001/02 Arjan played a further 38 times in all competitions before rejecting a new contract.
Leaving St James Park in May 2002 Arjan had brief spells at Clyde and Mansfield Town before returning to Devon with Torquay United in November 2002. Making 16 competitive appearances during the rest of the season, Arjan made 27 appearances for the Plainmoor club during 2003/04 including the promotion run-in which culminated in the game at Southend on 8 May 2004. Struggling with injury in 2004/05 Arjan made just nine further appearances before returning to the Netherlands with FC Lisse.
League 74; Cups 7 (81)