Holstein Kiel sign new goalkeeper as six players leave

Holstein Kiel have added to their squad yet again with the signing of goalkeeper Thomas Dähne from Polish Ekstraklasa side Wisła Płock.

A native of Oberaudorf in Bavaria, Dähne came through the youth system at Red Bull Salzburg and took the well-trodden path to RB Leipzig before spells with HJK Helsinki and Płock.

Whilst not considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Ekstraklasa, he has made 25 appearance for the side currently fourth in the Polish top flight, but he will not see the season out with them as he will officially join Kiel on Wednesday following the end of his contract.

He has signed a three-year deal with the Storks, and will provide competition to their existing band of keepers, including Ioannis Gelios and Dominik Reimann.

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Uwe Stöver, Kiel’s managing director of sport, said that Dähne had “been able to gain a lot of experience” across different countries and he feels his training at Salzburg means he is “a very complete goalkeeper type.”

Dähne himself admitted he had wanted to return to Germany and is now “really looking forward” to joining Kiel and potentially making his debut in the 2. Bundesliga.

He is already the club’s fourth signing of the summer, following Ahmet Arslan, Simon Lorenz and Marco Komenda.

Also on Tuesday, the club announced Sebastian Gunkel as their new U23 coach. Meanwhile on Monday, Kicker reported that the four players on loan at the club this season – Salih Özcan, Emmanuel Iyoha, Salim Khelifi and Darko Todorovic – will return to their parent clubs next season.

South Korean full-back Seo Young-jae, signed from MSV Duisburg last summer, is also reported to have not signed a new deal and is expected to return to his homeland. The departure of long-serving Dominik Schmidt had already been confirmed some weeks ago.

Published by jamesrees1989

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