Striker pens three-and-a-half-year contract- Collin Quaner joins Huddersfield Town
- 6' 3" striker completes transfer from Union Berlin
- Wagner: "to bring in a player like him in January is rare"
Huddersfield Town has today completed the permanent signing of German striker Collin Quaner from 2. Bundesliga club Union Berlin, pending international clearance.
The 25 year-old forward has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract that runs until the summer of 2020, with the terms of his transfer remaining undisclosed.
Standing at 6’ 3” tall, the attacker – who is of Ghanaian ancestry – will train with David Wagner’s Town squad for the first time on Friday afternoon at PPG Canalside ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game at home to Ipswich Town.
He will wear the number 23 shirt at the Club.
Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner commented:
“We are delighted that Collin has agreed to join us. The opportunity to bring a player like him into your squad in the January window is rare – the top scorer for a team pushing for promotion – but Collin made it very clear that he wanted to come to Huddersfield Town.
“We wanted to use this transfer window, if possible, to find a number nine with different qualities to the players we already have in the squad and Collin is ideal for this. He is a very aggressive striker with power, strength, and a direct style of play, but importantly he has an unbelievable working attitude that will fit the ‘Terriers Identity’ perfectly.
“He is also improving, as can be seen in his performances for Union Berlin this season. We still think he has lots of space to get better, which is exciting for everyone.
“Given how well this squad has performed so far this season, it was also very important that we do not disrupt the group. Everything we know about Collin’s character tells us he will fit into the squad.
“We will work hard with Collin on the training pitch so he can quickly contribute to our team in the Sky Bet Championship.”
Born on 18 June 1991 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Collin began his career at Fortuna Dusseldorf, making his way through the Academy to ply for the Under-19s and then the second team in the German fourth tier.
Ahead of 2010/11 season, he completed a transfer to 2. Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld. He spent one full season there, making eight starts and 10 substitute appearances in the German second tier at just 19. He scoring his first goal in a game at Hertha Berlin in September 2010, also earning international honours for the German Under-20 side.
Quaner moved across the division to join FC Ingolstadt 04 in the summer of 2011, where he spent three seasons. He made another eight starts and 19 substitute appearances in the 2. Liga during this period, on top of a spell on loan at 3. Liga Hansa Rostock in 2013.
Collin played for another 2. Liga club in the 2014/15 season, VfR Aalen. Although the Club was relegated, Quaner got six goals and three assists in 16 starts and 11 substitute appearances.
The striker stayed in the second division through a move to Union Berlin in 2015, signing a two-year contract. He was used largely as a substitute in the first season, but the current campaign has been Quaner’s best; he’s grabbed eight goals and five assists in just 16 starts, helping his team to fifth in the league at the halfway stage.
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