1. FC Union Berlin are delighted to confirm the signing of Norwegian Julian Ryerson from Viking FK. The 20-year-old has joined the Köpenick club on a three-year contract until 30.06.2021.
Ryerson arrives a regular from second-tier Viking, making 68 first-team appearances, including 48 in the top division until the club’s recent relegation in 2017.
The 10-time Norwegian U21 international can play both right back or central midfield.
“I’m delighted to have arrived in Berlin,” said Ryerson. “The move to Germany is an important next step for me. Now I want to quickly get used to the level of the 2.Bundesliga so that I can help the team out on the pitch. I want to contribute to a successful season for Union Berlin.”
Born in Lyngdal, Ryerson graduated through Viking’s academy and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2015. He went on to make his league debut in July 2015 and cemented his place in the side in both 2016 and 2017.
This season, Ryerson has made 15 appearances in the Norwegian second division, scoring three times and creating one goal as an assist.
“Following our serious interest in signing Julian in winter, we are very happy to make this transfer happen. He is a highly-talented young player who has played a lot of professional games at the age of 20. We are convinced he will continue to develop with us and stimulate competition in the squad, as he can be used in various defensive positions,” said Oliver Ruhnert, Director for Professional Football at 1. FC Union Berlin.
With a three-year deal, Ryerson is eligible to play in Bundesliga, 2.Bundesliga or third division and will wear the number six shirt this season.