Parensen extends Union contract until 2018

The defender is staying in the capital with Union.

Parensen extends Union contract until 2018
Source: Sport1

Michael Parensen has committed his future to 1. FC Union Berlin, as the side announced on Wednesday.

The versatile and experienced defender will now remain with the capital club for a further two years, until 2018.

His contract was set to run out this summer but his impressive form in Berlin has earned him the extension.

Experience at the back

Parensen has featured 166 times for Union in the second tier, more than any other player in their history.

The 29-year-old can play at both left-back and centre-half, which has come in useful over recent years.

With Uwe NeuhausNorbert Düwel, Sascha Lewandowski and now André Hofschneider all employing different formations, Parensen has been used in both roles.

Having previously had stints with both Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln's second teams, the defender has enjoyed much more playing time with the Eiserne.

When he joined the club back in 2009, Parensen was part of the side that helped them earn promotion to the 2. Bundesliga.

Parensen (R) has been with the club for seven years. | Source: kicker
Parensen (R) has been with the club for seven years. | Source: kicker

Parensen and Schulte have their say

Speaking to the club website, Parensen admitted he was "very happy" to have "succeeded in setting the tone this season".

He also gave his thoughts on setting the second division appearance record, "The fact that even a small entry is popped into the Union history book, I will take that."

However, he says that the team "realise" that they have failed to "achieve much of what [they] had planned" in what has been a topsy-turvy season.

Helmut Schulte, one of the club's directors, added, "Michael is a versatile and strong-willed player who does our team good, in both a sporting and personal sense."

Parensen and Union will be back in action on Friday, when they face FC St. Pauli in the 2. Bundesliga.