Werder Bremen have signed their second new goalkeeper in two days by giving Richard Strebinger his first professional contract.
The northern Germany side had brought in Raphael Wolf from Kapfenberg to challenge Sebastian Mielitz for the No1 jersey. Strebinger has now signed a two-year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee from Hertha Berlin and he is likely to become the club's third-choice goalkeeper.
"Richard Strebinger is a talented player with a lot of potential," said Werder's director of sport Klaus Allofs. "We believe he can take the next step in his career with us and we hope he can perform well in our reserve team and recommend himself for a place in our Bundesliga team."
The 19-year-old is no stranger to the lower leagues of German football having spent the last season in the Regionalliga, the fourth division, with Hertha's reserves.
The Austria U-19 international will play in the same league with Werder's second string, but he plans to use this opportunity as a stepping stone into the top flight.
"Werder are a super club and I am looking forward to the challenge," he said. "What made up my mind was the fact that Werder always give their young players chances in the first team and my aim is to prove I am ready for the Bundesliga with my performances with the reserves."