FC Ingolstadt 04's Pascal Groß has today put pen to paper on a new contract extension, that will see the 25 year old midfielder stay at the Audi Sportpark until 2019 at the earliest.
Groß joined the Bavarian side in 2012, after spending his earlier career with Hoffenheim and then Karlsruher SC and has made 130 appearances since. The Mannheim native has proved archetypal in die Schanzer's rise to Germany's top flight, and once again stared as Ingolstadt were guided to the safety of mid-table last season.
However it was in the season prior that Groß really earned his plaudits, as he scored seven goals and assisted a remarkable twenty three in Ingolstadt's successful season that culminated in promotion.
The midfielder now looks set to continue to play an ever increasing important role with die Schanzer, especially with new manager Markus Kauczinski who had previously worked with Groß at Karlsruhe.
All parties delighted
Pascal Groß is the current third longest serving player with die Schanzer, having been with the club for four years, and he was evidently delighted to extend his tenure as he told the club website: "It's great fun to be part of this great development. In recent years, we have had much to celebrate with our growing fanbase."
The midfielder also looked not only to the past, but the future and was keen to see more success with his Bavarian club. "I therefore look forward to my fifth season in the FCI jersey and want to do my best to be part of a successful Bundesliga team," Groß added.
It was not only the man himself who was pleased, but FC Ingolstadt 04 Sporting Director Thomas Linke also exuberated the sense of pleasure surrounding the extension. Linke said, "Pascal has taken great development with our team in recent years, and has long since matured into an important pillar of our game".
A number of leading names have left the Audi Sportpark over the last month, none more notable than manager Ralph Hasenhüttl who was lured away by RB Leipzig, however Linke also made it clear how happy he and the board were to see a star player commit himself to Ingolstadt. "We are delighted to be able to maintain in the long term one of the cornerstones of our club," Linke told the club website.