Heidenheim sign young defender Marvin Rittmüller from Köln

Marvin Rittmüller has become the second signing of the summer at 1. FC Heidenheim, joining on a free transfer from Köln II.

The 24-year-old right-back has signed a three-year contract at the Voith-Arena, and is a direct replacement for Robert Strauß, who retired at the end of the season, providing competition and back-up for the dependable Marnon Busch.

Rittmüller has never involved with the first team at Köln but played 53 times for the second team in the fourth-tier Regionalliga, as well as for the under-19s. In the past season he scored one goal and set up three more, seeing just one yellow card in the process.

He had joined Effzeh in 2016 from hometown club Rot-Weiss Erfurt. He also played for Germany at under-18 level.

“Marvin was a regular and leading player at Köln II and fits perfectly into our requirement profile,” explained Heidenheim CEO Holger Sanwald. “We always emphasise that we rely on young, talented and promising players who should take the next step with us.”

“Heidenheim have always given young players chances in the past and at the same time has become firmly established in the 2. Bundesliga,” said Rittmüller on why he has joined the club. “I am really looking forward to the new challenge and will do everything I can from day one to fit in well and help the team.”

He joins Andreas Geipl (Jahn Regensburg) as a newcomer in the squad for next season, with Melvin Ramusovic, Julian Stark and Gianni Mollo also promoted from the club’s under-19s.

Published by jamesrees1989

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