Upon their return to training, SC Paderborn 07 have confirmed that former captain Uwe Hünemeier has signed on for another season at the club.
There had been suggestions over recent days that the club had extended with Hünemeier without making an announcement, however on Friday they confirmed, via a tweet (below), that he was staying put.
The 34-year-old is heading into his third season at the club after returning from Brighton & Hove Albion for a second spell in 2018. After 22 appearances in 2018-19 as they won promotion back tot he Bundesliga, he appeared a further 16 times as the club failed to hold on to their first tier status.
Even if he won’t be a regular starter, keeping hold of him will be a boost for Stefan Baumgart’s side – which makes it strange they wouldn’t want to back a bigger deal out of his extension.
Hünemeier was back on the training pitch as the players ease into pre-season from today, initially individually, then in small groups, before the first full training on Wednesday.
Speaking through the club’s official channels, Baumgart said pre-season “will be strenuous,” but he is looking forward to being back on the pitch, which is “the best thing about football.”
He is cautious about goals for the new campaign, saying that they have to “arrive” back in the second tier before thinking about anything else. They will not be compromising their style though. “We want to play attractive football and continue to develop what we have built up over the past few years,” confirmed the coach.