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Björn Rother (25, centre) only made 15 appearances for FC Hansa Rostock last season and is now playing for Rot-Weiss Essen.

From FC Hansa Rostock to Rot-Weiss Essen! The defensive midfielder Björn Rother leaves the Kogge and joins third division promoted RWE.

Meal – He brings a lot of experience! Björn Rother (25) leaves FC Hansa Rostock and joins Rot-Weiss Essen on a free transfer for the new season.

Björn Rother (25, centre) only made 15 appearances for FC Hansa Rostock last season and is now playing for Rot-Weiss Essen. © picture point/Sven Sunday

This was announced by the third division promoted on Saturday afternoon. The defensive midfielder signed a contract with RWE until June 30, 2024.

Jörn Nowak (36) explained on the club website: “With Björn Rother we get the type of player that we were specifically looking for and that we haven’t had in the squad yet. At the age of 25, he has already proven his quality in numerous second and third division games.”

The sports director added: “Because of his previous positions in Magdeburg and Rostock, he knows exactly which virtues are required at traditional clubs. We are convinced that Björn fits in well with us and are happy that he is with us.”

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The new head coach Christoph Dabrowski (43) praised the skills of his new signing: “Björn Rother is a very strong six-man, who marches away in front and is not afraid of hurting his opponent. He also has a great mentality and running strength and holds on to that always has his back free for his team-mates. He will do our game very well.”

The professional himself explained: “I absolutely wanted to continue playing for a traditional club and I am therefore very happy that I am now with RWE. In the 3rd league I’ve already played a few games and therefore know what’s important in this league. I am convinced that I can help this big club and I will do everything to establish Rot-Weiss Essen in professional football.”

Björn Rother (25, right) knows the Rudolf Harbig Stadium well: The defender scored 1-0 for 1. FC Magdeburg at Dynamo Dresden on March 16, 2019. In the end it was 1:1. © Lutz Hentschel

In fact, Rother brings a lot of experience to Hafenstrasse and could become a fixed point in the RWE game. He played 130 games (eight goals, four assists) in the 3rd division and 40 appearances (one goal) in the 2nd division and has enjoyed an excellent education.

Rother went through the youth schools of Alemannia Aachen, Bayern 04 Leverkusen and SV Werder Bremen II before moving to FCM in 2017, where he became a regular and played his part in Magdeburg’s promotion to the second division.

He was also seeded there, but could not prevent direct relegation. Nevertheless, he went back to the 3rd league and helped to secure relegation.

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In the summer of 2020 he was then drawn to the Hansa-Kogge on a free transfer, with which he also made the leap up one floor straight away. However, he was no longer seeded there and only rarely got a chance (15 matches) due to the great competition in his position.

At Essen, however, he should now play a key role again and – if he returns to normal form and stays fit – can be seen as a smart and inexpensive reinforcement.

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