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29 June 2016

Centre back signs a three year contract

- HTAFC signs centre back Christopher Schindler
- 26 year-old defender becomes club record signing
- Head Coach David Wagner comments

Huddersfield Town has today completed the signing of TSV 1860 Munich captain Christopher Schindler for an undisclosed club record fee.

The seven figure fee the Club has paid for the 26 year-old eclipses the amount paid for reigning Player of the Year Nahki Wells, who arrived from Bradford City in January 2014.

A 6’ 2” tall centre back, Schindler has played exclusively for his hometown club since making his professional debut nearly seven years ago, captaining the side for the last two years. He arrives with over 200 career appearances under his belt, the majority of which have come in the 2. Liga.

He has put pen to paper on a three year contract, with the Club having the option to extend it for a further season.

Watch Christopher in a Town shirt in 2016/17; Season Cards on sale for just £179!

Huddersfield Town’s Head Coach David Wagner commented:

“I’m very happy to welcome Christopher to the Club today.

“A big part of our decision to allow Joel Lynch to join Queens Park Rangers was the availability of Christopher. We have reinvested that transfer fee – and more – into bringing a top class centre back to Huddersfield Town; one who is only 26 years old.

“I am totally comfortable breaking the Club’s transfer record to bring Christopher here.

“It will have been a big decision to leave his hometown club after spending so long there, but Christopher is desperate to come and play for us in the EFL Sky Bet Championship.

“Christopher is an excellent defender. He is good in the aerial challenge and is a very composed player, who is great at reading the game. He will suit our playing style very well, as he is always on the front foot.

“He is also a fantastic character and another leader in the defensive area for us, which is very important. In total we now have five defenders who have captained their former clubs; Christopher, Chris Loewe, Michael Hefele, Martin Cranie and our captain Mark Hudson.”

After playing for the Under-19 team for three seasons, Christopher – who earned four caps for Germany at Under-21 level – made his professional debut in the Regionalliga Sud for 1860 Munich II in late 2009.

His 2. Bundesliga debut for the Lions’ First Team soon followed in October 2010 in a 1-0 derby win over Union Berlin; he finished his debut campaign having made five starts and 11 substitute appearances.

Christopher became a First Team regular in the 2011/12 campaign, also lining up at right back and in holding midfield on occasion before cementing a centre back berth. He made 30 appearances that season as the side finished sixth in the 2. Liga.

Schindler took over as Club Captain in 2014 and has been a virtual ever-present since. Last season he started 36 games and is one of two players in the reckoning to win the fans’ Player of the Season vote.

His contract at the Club was due to run until the summer of 2019.

Watch Christopher in a Town shirt in 2016/17; Season Cards on sale for just £179!

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