Gondorf extends with Darmstadt

The tough-tackling midfielder is staying at the Lilies.

Gondorf extends with Darmstadt
Image credit: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts

On Wednesday evening, SV Darmstadt 98 announced that they had reached a deal to extend Jerome Gondorf's contract.

His previous deal with the Lilies was set to run out in 2017, though there has been no mention of how long he has extended for.

Gondorf has been at the Merck-Stadion am Böllenfalltor since 2013 and made over 100 appearances, and scored some memorable goals along the way.

A key piece in the promotion plan

Gondorf has enjoyed the best time to be a Darmstadt player in a generation, as they made the fairytale rise from 3. Liga to Bundesliga and then top-flight safety.

The 28-year-old scored the goal to take their most-incredible play-off win over Arminia Bielefeld into extra-time, as well as the goal that ensured survival last season.

Arguably one of the most impressive rises on a personal level in recent years, Gondorf has grown into each respective division with relative ease.

In the 2015-16 campaign, he managed three goals and four assists in 33 games; the only match he missed was due to suspension.

Gondorf has been key to Darmstadt's recent success. | Image credit: Alexander Scheuber/Bongarts
Gondorf has been key to Darmstadt's recent success. | Image credit: Alexander Scheuber/Bongarts

Fach and Gondorf have their say

Along side Holger Fach, sporting director, Gondorf also have his thoughts on the move to the club website.

"After all the speculation, I am especially pleased to continue to be a part of the Lilies," explained the midfielder.

He added, "I have experienced some wonderful years here, and now I want to take on the Herculean task of staying in the Bundesliga."

Fach commented, praising his determination: "Jerome has been, in the past few years, an important part of this team. In all three leagues, he has responded to the team's call."

He concluded, "Therefore, we are very pleased to be able to extended with him further."