Signing news: Wellington swoop for ex-Bundesliga midfielder Steinmann

German youth international and former Bundesliga midfielder Matti Steinmann has signed for Wellington Phoenix.

Steinmann, 24, joins from second division outfit Hamburger SV and has penned a one-year deal for Ufuk Talay’s men.

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"I have watched the Hyundai A-League a lot so when the offer came in, I knew I would be playing a high level of football," Steinmann said.

“Ufuk is wanting young, hungry players that are technically good which suits my style of play."


A defensive midfielder also capable of playing at centre back, Steinmann made his Bundesliga debut for Hamburger against Bayern Munich in 2014.

He would go on to make eight further top-flight appearances for Die Rothosen in the 2017/18 season, a campaign in which the six-time German champions were relegated for the first time in their history.

Steinmann made three appearances for the club in the 2. Bundesliga last season, before spending the rest of the campaign on loan with Danish Superliga outfit Vendsyssel FF.

"He is a very talented young player that can progress into a very dominant midfielder," hailed Talay.

"With his international background and playing experience at the top level in Germany, he will bring us that professionalism while still at a young age."