Saskia Bartusiak has signed a one-year extension with 1. FFC Frankfurt, which sees the local-born German international extend her stay at the club to 12 years, having joined from their then-city rivals FSV Frankfurt back in 2005.
During her time at her current club, she has helped them win the Frauen-Bundesliga three times (last in 2008), the DFB-Pokal four times (last in 2014) and the UEFA Women's Champions League three times (last in 2015).
With Frankfurt finishing third and missing out on silverware this season, as well as Champions League football, they will be hoping the extension of the experienced defender will help them return to the top two, and European football at the very least.
Their hunt for European football went down to the final day, but they finished one point behind VfL Wolfsburg. Their other potential route of European football was ended also by Wolfsburg as their German rivals knocked them out of the 2015-16 UEFA Women's Champions League in the semi-finals.
Bartusiak hoping to help with experience
Speaking to the club's official website about the extension, Bartusiak said: “I am happy to have another year with 1. FFC Frankfurt and to be able to play football in my hometown."
The defender recognises that, "after the departures of some key players," her role in the team becomes more important, with her experience to be key as the team begins to be "rebuilt."
She said: "It is a big challenge in the coming season as the team wants to prove themselves in the Alliance Frauen-Bundesliga competition. Here I want to help as an experienced player in the squad with advice and support, as my young teammates are in their first or second season in the league."
Bartusiak's experience is certainly vast too. She made her international debut in a friendly against the Netherlands in April 2007 and featured in one game of Germany's record-breaking 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup win – where they won the competition without conceding a single goal. The game she appeared in saw them beat Argentina 11-0, a scoreline yet to be matched.
A year later, she had helped Germany win a Bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but it was at Euro 2009 where she started to become a regular for the side and has gone on to win the tournament twice.
After the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, where Germany finished fourth, Bartusiak was named as the new captain replacing Nadine Angerer. She has won 94 caps and has scored one goal.