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Boys in Brown exercise purchase option for Eric Smith

FC St. Pauli have taken a key personnel decision for the future by securing the services of Eric Smith for the coming years. The Swedish midfielder originally arrived from Belgian top-division club KAA Gent on loan until the end of the season but now the Boys in Brown have exercised their right to sign him on a permanent deal.

Smith has made five appearances for the club to date. Before moving to the Millerntor, he made 11 loan appearances for Norwegian side Tromsø IL in early 2019 and then ran out 27 times for Swedish top-flight outfit IFK Norrköping between May and December 2020.

Reaction to the deal:

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: “Eric added an element to the team that had been missing before, which is why it quickly became clear that we wanted to sign him on a permanent deal. He’s an important part of our squad planning for the coming years, so we’re happy to have early clarity in the matter.“

Head coach Timo Schultz: “Eric became an important part of the team very quickly and still has plenty of potential. His presence adds a lot of stability to our attacking focus. I’m pleased to be able to continue working with him in the next few years.“

Eric Smith: “Although I missed a few games due to an injury, my conclusion about my time at FC St. Pauli so far is thoroughly positive. It is simply fun to be on the pitch for this team and I am excited about the further development. What has been missing so far are our fans. But hopefully I'll be able to play in front of them many more times in the future.“

Photos: Witters