SV Darmstadt 98 and SC Paderborn 07 both made loan signings on Wednesday, with the Lilies confirming the return of Nicolai Rapp and Chris Führich joining Paderborn.
Rapp will spend a further season on loan with Darmstadt from Union Berlin after playing 13 times after joining in the middle of last season.
The centre-back had reportedly been hoping for a chance at Union but as it was not forthcoming, he returns to Darmstadt despite interest from another former club, Erzgebirge Aue.
“Rappo has been fully integrated into the team from day one and has consistently performed well,” says Darmstadt’s director of sport Carsten Wehlmann. “Accordingly, we are happy about the fact that he will wear our jersey again in the new season,” he added.
“It was always my wish to be able to continue to play for SV 98,” insisted Rapp himself. He is “happy” an agreement had been reached between the two clubs and he believes that the Darmstadt management have convinced him “that they absolutely want me on board for the coming season.”
Earlier in the day, Paderborn announced their loan move for Führich, who joins from Borussia Dortmund. He was a regular for their second team last season after signing from Köln, and even appeared in the first team matchday squad five times after the restart in May, without being used.
Sport manager Fabian Wohlgemuth believes that the winger and attacking midfielder “fits in perfectly with our style of play,” and that he will also bring “value experience” to the team. “He is technically strong and agile,” he adds. “He also has strong dribbling skills.”
The 22-year-old joins the club after two recent departures. Luca Kilian, who had also come from Dortmund, remains in the Bundesliga with Mainz, whilst Rifet Kapić has joined Moldovan side Sheriff on loan.
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