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Makienok joins Boys in Brown

FC St. Pauli have reacted to the departure of Henk Veerman with the acquisition of Simon Makienok. The 29-year-old Dane arrives on a free transfer and has put pen to paper on a deal keeping him at the Millerntor until 30 June 2022.

Makienok began his professional career at HB Köge in 2009. He joined Brøndby IF during the winter break of the 2011-12 season before hooking up with Italian side USC Palermo in 2014. After loan spells at Charlton Athletic (2015) and Preston North End (2016), he left Palermo to sign for FC Utrecht in the summer of 2017. This winter, the striker completed a move from Utrecht to Dynamo Dresden, becoming a free agent after the Saxony outfit were relegated. In 233 senior appearances to date, Makienok has scored a total of 75 goals and made a further 16.

Reaction to the deal:

Director of sport Andreas Bornemann: "We're delighted to sign an accomplished striker in Simon who can strengthen our young team with his experience and his quality.“

Head coach Timo Schultz: "At 6ft 6in (2.01m), Simon has a great physical presence – in other words a clear target man and exactly what we were looking for. He's also an outstanding header of a ball, which gives us additional options in attack."

Simon Makienok: "I've always known St. Pauli as a very special club and it means a lot to me to have the chance of being a part of its history. I've heard all about the dedication of the fans and values such as equality, tolerance and respect for others are ones I share. I had some very good talks with the coach and believe we can achieve big things in the future with this team."


Photos: Witters