Thursday was another busy day in the 2. Bundesliga with clubs confirming new deals and departures.
Following the departure of five loan players that were announced on Wednesday, Hamburger SV have confirmed that four out of contract players have left the club, although they added that “it is not out of the question that they will cross paths again as part of a renewed cooperation”.
The most significant to leave, for now at least, is Timo Letschert, who had been a regular at centre-back but some poor performances in the latter stages of the season ultimately counted against him as the club failed to win promotion.
The departure of Kyriakos Papadopoulos has been known for some time, after he was demoted to the U21s in the autumn, and he has been back in Greece for several weeks. Jairo Samperio and Christoph Moritz are no surprises either having played largely back-up roles.
There is no news as yet over whether they will renew the expired contract of manager Dieter Hecking.
There was more positive news from their neighbours FC St. Pauli, who have handed three-year deals to two youngsters recently handed debuts by now-former manager Jos Luhukay. Marvin Senger and Christian Viet have both been tied down until 2023. The pair had “earned their contracts and the trust that we continue to put in them through their good performance,” according to sporting director Andreas Bornemann.
There was less good news regarding another talent however. The club confirmed earlier on Thursday that the highly-rated Christian Conteh had opted not to sign a new deal and had joined Dutch giants Feyenoord on a free transfer. He had made a strong impression earlier in the season but injuries prevented him from playing after the restart.
Kicker report on Thursday that Johannes Flum is likely to leave as well with his contract having expired earlier in the week.
SV Sandhausen let five out of contract players go earlier in the week but they confirmed on Thursday that Tim Kister had signed a new one-year deal after a strong end to the season where, according to director of football Mikayil Kabaca, he had “proven what he is capable of” having helped “stabilise our defence.”
Karlsruher SC, fresh from securing survival on the final day, have tied down one of their youngsters. Janis Hanek will put pen to paper on a one-year deal, despite recently suffering a cruciate ligament injury. “It is very important to us to stand by his side even now in this difficult time for him,” said managing director of sport Oliver Kreuzer.
Further extensions are likely, with Kicker reporting that the purchase option on Jérôme Gondorf, on loan from Freiburg, has been activated due to the club staying up. Benjamin Uphoff has left the club as expected, with the experienced Anton Fink leaving to join SSV Ulm.
38-year-old Oliver Fink will be remaining at relegated Fortuna Düsseldorf for another year, however in a different capacity.
He will drop down to play for the U23 side next season, effectively replacing Andreas ‘Lumpi’ Lambertz, who has retired and joined the coaching staff of the Regionalliga West side. An agreement as also been reached regarding a role for Fink when he eventually retires.
SSV Jahn Regensburg have also confirmed several departures. The losses of key figures Marco Grüttner and Andreas Geipl was already known, but they have also let go of Julian-Maurice Derstroff and opted not to take a purchase option on Aaron Seydel, who had been on loan from Mainz.
Chima Okoroji (pictured top) also returns to parent club SC Freiburg after a successful season with Regensburg, but sporting director Christian Keller confirmed that the club would like to keep hold of him if possible.
“The fact that Chima contested all 34 games at this level from the start clearly shows the quality he has,” Keller explained. “I will keep my fingers crossed for his further development and would be happy if he did appear again in the Jahn jersey.”
Header image source: SSV Jahn Regensburg.