At least the sidelines will be stocked with talent.

Former Netherlands Olympic international and one-time Melbourne Heart marquee Gerald Sibon will serve as performance coach at the Reds next season, after joining former Socceroos Carl Veart and Eugene Galekovic in Verbeek's coaching staff.

Sibon's decorated career included spells at Ajax and PSV either side of a long-term Premier League spell with Sheffield Wednesday in the late 1990s. 

Shortly before moving Down Under in 2010, he also made four appearances for the Netherlands as an over-age player at the 2008 Olympic games.

He joins a highly pedigreed backroom staff at Adelaide, with Verbeek already claiming he wants the club to play like Ajax next season, although Riley McGree remains the club's only official signing so far.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me to be here at Adelaide United," Sibon said today.

“I am very passionate about all levels of football and I’m looking forward to working alongside Gertjan, Carl, and Eugene for the upcoming season to develop our senior players, but also the younger talent we have in our youth teams. 

“Having played in the A-League before, I have experience in this competition and have very fond memories of my time in Australia. 

“The hard work begins now and I cannot wait to get deep into preparations for the new season.”