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Head coach Markus Kauczinski and director of sport Uwe Stöver brought a new recruit with them when they faced the Hamburg media on Sunday. Besides discussing personnel matters, they also looked ahead to the forthcoming training camp and the resumption of the league campaign.

There had been a lot of transfer speculation linking Alexander Meier with a return to the Millerntor in recent days. And on the day the players resumed full training, sporting director Uwe Stöver finally unveiled the striker as the club's winter signing. "After the injury to Henk Veerman we agreed that we needed to do something," Stöver revealed. "We then did that with Alex. He's a great fit for the team in term of character, which is very important for us. We're looking forward to him."

Asked whether more signings would follow, Stöver said it was unlikely. "It's not imperative for us to fill the gap left by Bernd Nehrig, so as things stand nothing's planned," the 51-year-old said. That means head coach Markus Kauczinski can focus on the work with his players in training. "The break was only a short one," the St. Pauli boss said. "I've seen a lot of happy faces today, everyone's fired up for the second half of the season."

Kauczinski and his charges will head off to Oliva Nova in Spain for the club's winter training camp on 10 January. "We have to be able to play again quickly and find our competitive form," the 48-year-old said. "We have a really tough programme after the winter break, so we have to see whether we can edge the close games from the first half of the campaign again, wins we often earned through the sense of togetherness in the team."


Photos: Witters

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