Konrad swaps Frankfurt for Dresden

The experienced and versatile midfield man is heading for the east German outfit.

Konrad swaps Frankfurt for Dresden
Image credit: Dynamo Dresden

On Thursday afternoon, Dynamo Dresden announced the arrival of Manuel Konrad from FSV Frankfurt.

The Bornheimer side's captain will link up with his new side after putting pen-to-paper on a two-year deal, which will see him through until 2018.

He will wear number five in Dresden, and will be a key player in their bid to stabilise in the 2. Bundesliga following promotion from the 3. Liga.

Promising youth career

Konrad began with SC Freiburg and made his professional debut back when he was 19 in the second tier of German football.

He enjoyed a regular place in the Germany youth sides, making 20 appearances between the under-19s and under-20s. However, he never made a breakthrough.

The now 28-year-old headed to SpVgg Unterhaching as a result, and quickly established himself as a first-team player.

He missed just four games in the 2009-10 campaign, where he also scored three goals and added four assists.

That was evidence enough for FSV Frankfurt to acquire his services, and has racked up over 160 appearances since.

Comfortable as a centre-back as well as defensive midfield, Konrad can also slot in at right or left-back if needs must; a very useful, experienced player to have in the squad.

Konrad in action at now former club, FSV Frankfurt. | Image source: kicker - imago
Konrad in action at now former club, FSV Frankfurt. | Image source: kicker - imago

Minge and Konrad have their say

"Manuel is a player who can bring a lot of experience into our team, with his nearly 160 second-division games," said sporting director Ralf Minge.

He added, "As a former junior national team player, and as captain in Frankfurt, he has matured gradually into a leader who takes responsibility on the pitch."

Konrad, who was also speaking to the club website, added: "If you look at the environment and the fans, then Dynamo Dresden is an exciting club."