Exodus begins at Heidenheim as Griesbeck and Beermann depart, Dorsch set to follow

The inevitable fate of clubs failing to win the play-off for promotion appears to have befallen 1. FC Heidenheim just days after their defeat to Werder Bremen.

The club confirmed on Wednesday that Sebastian Griesbeck and Timo Beermann had left. Griesbeck has joined Union Berlin in the Bundesliga whilst Beermann returns to former club VfL Osnabrück.

It could even be about to get worse, with further reports on Wednesday suggesting that key midfielder Niklas Dorsch is on the brink of a move to Belgian side KAA Gent, who will be playing in the Champions League next season. Striker Tim Kleindienst is also likely to be on the radar of other clubs after scoring 14 goals this season.

Losing Dorsch and Kleindinest will be a bitter blow for the club, having already insisted that there was no need to sell their best players, having seen three (Nikola Dovedan, Robert Andrich and Robert Glatzel) leave last season.

Two long-standing players leave

The departures of Griesbeck and Beermann were though no surprises, with both having been out of contract after seven years with Frank Schmidt’s side – only Marc Schnatterer and the retiring Robert Strauß having served longer at the club.

Griesbeck will be the most bitter, as a key part of the midfield for seven years, however Beermann had fallen behind Oliver Hüsing in defence, before the latter’s injury, and always appeared likely to leave in search of more regular football.

“It is of course not easy for us to say goodbye to Sebastian Griesbeck,” said Holger Sanwald, CEO, on the club’s website. “For years he was an absolute top performer, leader and figure of identification.” He adds that Beermann “will leave a sporting and personal gap with us that we need to close” and that “we could always count on ‘Eule’ as a top performer.”

Griesbeck himself added that “the FCH will always be a matter close to my heart,” whilst Beermann said he was “grateful that I was able to be part of this development for a long time and wish the FCH all the best!”

Osnabrück strengthening defence

Meanwhile in Lower Saxony, Onsabrück have their first signing of the post-Daniel Thioune era, bringing back Beermann who had left the club for Heidenheim back in 2013. He has signed a contract until 2023.

“The positive exchange with (sporting director) Benjamin Schmedes was the deciding factor,” said Beermann of his return home. “I have a lot of experience and I look forward to using it again for VfL to achieve our common goals.”

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“We took the opportunity to sign a very experienced second division professional with Timo Beermann,” added Schmedes. “With his experience and his footballing qualities, he can promote the development of our team.”

Beermann will act as a replacement for Joost van Aken, who has returned to parent club Sheffield Wednesday, and will most likely challenge Maurice Trapp and Lukas Gugganig for a place in the future manager’s defence.

Published by jamesrees1989

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