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St. Pauli sign Ben Voll

FC St. Pauli have strengthened in the goalkeeper position with the acquisition of Ben Voll from Viktoria Köln after director of sport Andreas Bornemann agreed terms with the management of the third-division outfit. The two clubs have agreed not to disclose any details of the transfer.

The move sees the 23-year-old leave the club of his youth, for whom he kept goal 68 times in the third division, three times in the DFB Cup and six times in the Middle Rhine Cup. After spending three years in Viktoria Köln's youth setup from 2015, Voll played for the Alemannia Aachen Under-19s in the 2018/19 season. He moved to Rostock a year later before returning to Cologne in 2022. 

Reaction to the deal:

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: "In Ben we've signed a very exciting and still relatively young goalkeeper. He has excellent physical and athletic attributes and has established himself in the professional game as first-choice goalkeeper at Viktoria Köln for the last two years. We hope he can continue his positive development with us and increase the competition for places in the matchday squad."

Head coach Fabian Hürzeler: "Ben has not only been coached very well defensively but also possesses all the footballing attributes needed to meet our requirements in the goalkeeper position. He's confident passing the ball with both feet and was repeatedly involved in Viktoria Köln's build-up play. He's also very willing to learn, so I think he'll fit in the team very well."

Ben Voll: "Moving to FC St. Pauli means a new challenge and a step out of my comfort zone after two seasons in the third division. I'm delighted by the trust placed in me and look forward to working with the coaching team and my new teammates. My aim is to settle in quickly and catch the eye with good performances in training."

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