Yannick Stark, Marcel Heller and Sebastian Hertner are all set to leave SV Darmstadt 98 following their final 2. Bundesliga game of the season against VfB Stuttgart this Sunday.
The departure of Stark has been known since being confirmed by Carsten Wehlmann ahead of the restart, and whilst there has been no club announcement on the others, midfielder Victor Pálsson let the news regarding Heller and Hertner slip earlier this week.
“It’s really the closest team I’ve ever played in,” explained the Icelandic midfielder. “I’m sad that they’re leaving – because they always put so much into the booth and into training.”
Heller’s loss will be the most significant for many. Whilst now aged 34 and more of a bit-part player this season, he is one of the last remaining survivors of the team that won back-to-back promotions from the 3. Liga to the Bundesliga, even if he did then spend a season with FC Augsburg before returning to the Lilies.
Hertner has been unable to challenge captain Fabian Holland for the spot at left-back, playing just one this season, whilst it was suggested that Stark’s departure was as much to do with finances in the current difficult climate as much as anything else.
The Stuttgart match will also be the last game in charge for Dimitrios Grammozis, who has not extended his contract. Markus Anfang, the former Holstein Kiel and 1. FC Köln coach, will formally assume control on Wednesday.
As per Transfermarkt, the goalkeeping trio of Carl Klaus, Igor Berezovskyi and Carl Leonhard, plus youngster Ensar Arslan, who recently made his first team debut, are also out of contract but their fates are unknown as yet. Dario Dumić and Nicolai Rapp are also coming to the end of their loan spells.
Other departures can be expected too. Johannes Wurtz, Leon Müller, Erich Berko, Ognjen Ozegovic and Marvin Mehlem are available for transfer according to Lilienblog, with Wehlmann already announcing he expects the club to make several signings over the summer, with defence a priority.