Georg Margreitter has made the move from Wolverhampton Wanderers to 1. FC Nürnberg on Monday, the German club have confirmed. He has signed a one year deal at the Frankenstadion.
The end of a rough period
The 26-year-old defender joins on a free transfer from the Championship club, in what was a torrid time for the promising Austrian centre-back. He never got the game time needed to kick on from his Austria Wien days, in which he became a regular in the side that won the Austrian Bundesliga.
Margreitter spent time on loan with Chesterfield and FC Copenhagen while with Wolves, making over 20 appearances in the Danish capital, but that still wasn't enough to convince Kenny Jackett that he should feature in England. He leaves having featured just three times for the Molineux outfit.
Along with Alessandro Schöpf, Rurík Gíslason and Guido Burgstaller, Margreitter shouldn't have too many problems bedding in to the Nürnberg squad. Both Schöpf and Burgstaller are his fellow countrymen, while he featured in the same Copenhagen team that Gíslason was a part of.
Wolf and Margreitter have their say
"In Georg Margreitter we have signed a player who strengthens us further and is flexible in the defensive part of the pitch," said Wolfgang Wolf. He added that he hopes it brings "more stability" to the back-line. Wolf concluded, "He brings a wealth of experience and is someone who can take over as the leading player in the defence."
Margreitter himself added that he is "really looking forward to the challenge" in the Bavarian city. He also cited the influence of his aforementioned fellow national team-mates, saying that they "told me a lot about the club". The Austrian youth international, who was speaking to the official club website, then declared: "Now I want the team to help as soon as possible."