Braunschweig release two defenders after end of contracts

Eintracht Braunschweig have announced that Steffen Nkansah and Robin Becker will leave the club following the end of their contracts.

The centre-back pair had joined in 2017 when the club were still in the 2. Bundesliga, with increased roles following relegation to the 3. Liga a year later.

Nkansah played 23 times in the recently-concluded campaign, which resulted in promotion back to the second tier, whilst Becker appeared 31 times.

However, the pair were likely to be surplus to requirements following the signings earlier in the week of Jannik Nikolaou and Michael Schultz.

“Steffen and Robin were important components of our team and have a share in the success,” said sporting director Peter Vollmann. However, following promotion and the appointment of Daniel Meyer as coach, the club wanted to “reorient ourselves for these positions in the future.”

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They are the second and third players to leave the club this summer, with Stephan Füstner having already joined Mainz II. Marc Pfitzner, who is also out of contract, may opt to retire and join the coaching staff, as reported by the Branuschweiger Zeitung.

Several more new signings are expected, with Vollmann confirming earlier in the week that the club were interesting in signing Dominik Wydra, who played under Meyer at Erzgebirge Aue. The Austrian terminated his contract with the Violas last week.

In other Braunschweig news, Sebastian Ebel has stepped down as club president and chairman of the supervisory board, citing exhaustion after three difficult seasons at the club.

Christoph Bratmann will serve as interim president until elections in November, with Frank Fiedler taking over the supervisory board.

Published by jamesrees1989

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