He will spend the next season at the HDI-Arena having fallen out of favour under current Effzeh coach Markus Gisdol.
He had plenty of success previously in the 2. Bundesliga with Holstein Kiel, with 34 goals and 22 assists in 101 apperances for the Storcks. However he played only 15 matches with Köln last season, with just three assists.
He is returning to Hannover having played for the under-19 team in the 2011-12 season.
“In the second half of last season I didn’t get the playing time I had imagined (at Köln),” admits Schindler upon signing, however “it was immediately clear to me” that a return to Hannover would be the right step.
Sporting director Gerhard Zuber says the 27-year-old will bring “speed, mentality and great character” to the team and he expects him to “build” on the success he had at Kiel. Coach Kenan Kocak is also “happy” to have another “variable and flexible player” for his team.
He is the fifth new signing for the club this summer and has been handed the number 27 shirt.
A player could soon be moving the other way, with the goalkeeping outcast Ron-Robert Zieler rumoured to be a candidate to become number two to Timo Horn at Köln.
Header image source: Hannover 96.