Werder Watch: Janek Sternberg Signs Pro Contract

Promising fullback Janek Sternberg has signed his first professional contract with SV Werder Bremen, which will keep him with at the Weser Stadion until 2017.

The 22-year-old joined from Hamburg’s U-23 side in the summer of 2013. Following 43 appearances for Werder’s U-23 in Regionalliga Nord, he debuted with Werder’s first-team in a 4-0 win over Paderborn on match day 13.

Sternberg has established himself under Viktor Skripnik as a contender for the left-back spot in Werder’s back four and has been integral to the Bremen recovery in recent games.

“We are pleased with Janek’s excellent development in recent months. He has improved just as we hoped and has taken the opportunity he was given,” said Werder Managing Director Thomas Eichin.

“Janek was there when it mattered. He has handled the challenge very well and has increased the competition for places. He is definitely an option in the squad for the Bundesliga, and we’re delighted that we’ve got him on a long-term contract,” added Director of Football and Scouting Rouven Schröder.

Sternberg says he is looking forward to helping the club move forward.

“Until a few months ago, I really hadn’t expected this. so it’s a special feeling,” said the newly signed prospect. “I’m delighted to be a part of this team for the long term and look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Alongside the likes of Jannik Vestergaard, Davie Selke, Levent Aycicek, Levin Öztunali, Sternberg is one of the youngsters in whomWerder coach Skripnik is putting his faith.

The verdict so far is that Werder have a real gem on their hands. The future for both Sternberg and Werder looks to be bright, especially with the club moving from 16th place at the winter break to eighth on the strength of three wins from three to start the new year.

 

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Mathew Burt

A year spent living in Bremen got Mathew hooked on the Bundesliga with regular visits to the Weser Stadion getting in the way of his studies. Back in the UK now, he still keenly follows the Grün-Weißen and German football in general. Follow him on Twitter @matburt74.

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