Experienced Duo On Trial At Hawks
Whitehawk FC today confirmed that Piet Velthuizen and Stephan Fürstner are both currently on trial with the club, after being released by Vitesse Arnheim and Greuter Fürth respectively in the summer. Manager Prince William will be evaluating the two players and assess whether they would be risks worth taking to bring them in to his squad for the season.
Piet Velthuizen - GK
Age: 33 (03/11/1986)
Previous Clubs: Vittese Arnhem (NED) 2006-2010 & 2011-2020, Hércules CF (ESP) 2010-2011
National Caps: 1
Piet Velthuizen is a very experienced shot stopped from Holland. Having broke in to the first-team picture of Vitesse in 2006, he became first-choice the following season and has clocked up 283 league appearances for his club. He had a brief spell in Liga BBVA for Herculés in the 2010/2011 season but returned to his old club the following season after failing to play more than three times in the league. Injuries distorted Velthuizen's last season at Vitesse and he let his contract expire in order to explore a new challenge. Would Whitehawk be the right fit for him? He would have stiff competition for a starting spot with Elliot Parish and Ross Fitzsimons both performing well in recent seasons.
Stephan Fürstner - DM
Age: 33 (11/09/1987)
Position: Defensive Midfielder/Central Midfielder
Previous Clubs: FC Bayern München (GER) 2002-2009, SpVgg Greuther Fürth (GER) 2009-2020
National Caps: 0
Stephan Fürstner was a product of the Bayern Munich academy but despite playing 76 times for the second team, only managed a single appearance in the Bundesliga for the first team. In 2009, he moved to Greuther Fürth where he became an important player for the second division side. They enjoyed a single season in the Bundesliga in 2012/2013 before being relegated once more. However, Stephan Fürstner's defensive work in midfield had earned him a lot of praise and he was appointed as captain in 2016. He lead his side to promotion back to the Bundesliga in 2017 where they enjoyed three seasons before facing relegation once again last season. Stephan Fürstner decided it was time to move on and ended his contract with the club. He comes in on trial as Prince William looks to add defensive stability to his midfield following humbling defeats to Chelsea and Liverpool early in the season. Would Stephan Fürstner be a good signing?
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