Schenkeveld, who has represented the Netherlands at U19 level, came through the youth ranks of reigning Dutch champions Feyenoord before moving away to Heracles in 2012.

The right-sided defender then signed with Zwolle in 2015 on a three-year deal, but has now inked a two-year deal in the A-League with City.

“I’m delighted to become a Melbourne City player, starting in a new league and a totally new country," the 25-year-old Schenkeveld said.

"It is well known that the club has major ambition, and a very clear way it wants to play football. I can’t wait to get started, get to know the rest of the team, and start building for success this season."

City coach Warren Joyce added: “Bart is a strong and versatile defender with five years of experience playing at the highest level, in the Eredivisie.

"He joins us in the middle of intensive pre-season training, as we look to our next FFA Cup game, and to the start of the A-League season."

Schenkeveld fills the void left by Ivan Franjic, who left the club for K League outfit Daegu FC.