1. FC Union Berlin have continued to strengthen the squad ahead of the new Bundesliga season with the addition of experienced goalkeeper Andreas Luthe.
The 33-year-old was previously at Bundesliga rivals FC Augsburg for the past four seasons before confirming his switch to Köpenick. Luthe spent seven years at VfL Bochum and played in the Bundesliga for the first time in 2009. Although he was largely number two in Augsburg, Luthe still made 31 appearances and kept seven clean sheets. Last season, he helped his club secure their Bundesliga status with nine appearances in a row up until the penultimate week of the campaign.
"Union are a club that I have known about for a long time and I have followed their positive development closely over the last few years. After good discussions with the club's management, it was soon clear to me that I would like to move to Berlin. I'm looking forward to the new city, the new job and the new club. Next season I would like to contribute to a successful Bundesliga season at 1. FC Union Berlin," said Luthe on his summer transfer.
"With Andreas Luthe, we have successfully signed an excellent goalkeeper who knows the league well, has vast experience in first-team football and has proven quality in the Bundesliga — particularly last season. His character and presence will help us to achieve our targets in the next season in our second Bundesliga campaign. We're delighted that Andreas has picked Union," added Oliver Ruhnert, Director for Professional Football at 1. FC Union Berlin.
The goalkeeper will wear the number 1 shirt this season and has a contract valid for both Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga competition.