Jannes Wieckhoff signs professional St. Pauli contract

FC St. Pauli have handed a professional contract to defender Jannes Wieckhoff.

The right-back has yet to be involved with the first team but made 15 appearances for the second team in the Regionalliga Nord last season, scoring one goal and assisting one more.

He has been with the club since 2012, having made a move from bitter rivals Hamburg as a 12-year-old. He played under new coach Timo Schultz for the under-17s and under-19s.

Following Christian Viet and Marvin Senger, the now 19-year-old is the third youngster to be formally promoted to the first team this summer. He has signed a two-year contract.

Sporting director Andreas Bornemann said that Wieckhoff “quickly got used to the conditions in men’s football” with the under-23 side last season, and they are “convinced that he can make the leap into professional football.”

Schultz echoed these words, noting Wieckhoff’s “strong offensive urge” and his ability to “switch defensively quickly,” and he thinks that he will be challenging at right-back “straight away.”

Wieckhoff says “it is an indescribable feeling” to sign his first professional contract. “I am grateful to the club for this opportunity, but I don’t want to sit back,” he continues, saying his goal is to appear on the pitch at the Millernor, “preferably in front of the fans.”

Despite Schultz’s words, he could have his work cut out, with Luca Zander and Sebastian Ohlsson established in his preferred right-back role, although the latter can also play at centre-back and left-back.

Header image source: FC St. Pauli.

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