Karlsruhe announce double signing of Goller and Kuster

Karlsruher SC have made their first new signings of the summer, with Benjamin Goller joining on loan from Werder Bremen and Markus Kuster arriving from SV Mattersburg.

Goller, who made 11 first team appearances for Bremen last season, will spend the next season at the Wildparkstadion. He previously played for Schalke, and made his only apperance for their first team in the Champions League against Lokomotiv Moscow. He will provide a fresh option for their attack.

Kuster meanwhile is the replacement for departing goalkeeper Benjamin Uphoff, and is vastly experienced with 152 Austrian Bundesliga appearances with Mattersburg, in addition to 46 games in the second tier. He has been called up by the Austrian national team but is yet to make his debut.

They are the first new arrivals since the end of the season, although they club have also made the signing of Jérôme Gondorf from Freiburg permanent.

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Manager director of sport at Karlsruhe, Oliver Kreuzer, describes Goller as “a young, dynamic player for the wings, who will take the next step with us in the coming year.” Meanwhile he adds that Kuster “has been a top performer for Mattersburg” who is “an experienced goalkeeper despite his relatively young age.”

“Karlsruhe is a traditional club with great fans,” says Goller. “I want to play as much as possible and help the team,” he continued.

Kuster had similar thoughts, and appears to be inspired by the fact that Oliver Kahn came through at the club as well as the “pretty cool” construction work around the stadium. “I’m already looking forward to meeting my new teammates,” he says.

Meanwhile, Kicker report on Thursday that Tim Kircher has left the club to join 3. Liga newcomers VfB Lübeck. He had spent last season on loan with Carl Zeiss Jena. A day earlier, Damian Roßbach left the club after two years to join Hansa Rostock.

Header image source: Karlsruher SC.

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