The 23-year-old striker, who had previously been linked with St. Pauli and Holstein Kiel, was the top scorer in the Regionalliga Südwest last season with FC-Astoria Walldorf, scoring 20 goals in 22 appearances, despite still working full-time away from football.
Like Caliskaner, he is a potential replacement for former captain Marco Grüttner. He is former teammates with Erik Wekesser, who joined Regensburg from Walldorf last summer. He has signed a contract to 2023.
“We have been following André for three years. His development during this time is remarkable,” said sporting director Christian Keller of Becker. “It will now be a matter of quickly getting used to the switch to full-time professorship on the one hand and the physical requirements of the 2nd Bundesliga on the other.”
“Jahn have proven that he can work well with young players from lower leagues. That ultimately convinced me of this move,” added Becker. He continued that he wants to “integrate myself quickly” in the team.
Keller reflects on past and future business
The club are unable to spend money of transfer fees for new players however Keller has confirmed there will be at least four more signings, with a centre-back, left-back, defensive midfielder and winger sought.
The centre-back could yet be Marcel Correia, whose contract expired at the end of the season, whilst the club would like to bring back Chima Okoroji for a second season on loan from Freiburg.
Ingolstadt’s Maximilian Thalhammer, who spent the 2018-19 season with Regensburg, is their prime target to replace Heidenheim-bound Andreas Geipl, but a commitment would depend on die Schanzer‘s fate in the ongoing play-off with Nürnberg. He will be out of contract but has also been linked with Augsburg.
Last season saw 15 arrivals, including in the winter, and Keller believes there will be less turnover this season. He feels most signings last year were successful, saying only four were unsatisfactory. Whilst he didn’t name names, these were likely Nicolas Wähling, Florian Heister, Federico Palacios and Tom Baack, who all had limited game time.
In addition to Grüttner and Geipl, plus Okoroji (for now), Julian-Maurice Derstroff and Aaron Seydel have formally left the club ahead of next season.