Signing news: Glory secure deal for Bundesliga defender Langkamp

Perth Glory is delighted to confirm that German defender Sebastian Langkamp has signed a two-year deal with the club.

The 32-year-old is a former Germany Under-18 and Under-21 international who spent much of his youth career with Bayern Munich before amassing nearly 200 Bundesliga appearances for Karlsruher SC, FC Augsburg, Hertha Berlin and most recently, Werder Bremen.

During his six-year spell at Hertha Berlin, Langkamp helped the club secure three top-ten Bundesliga finishes along with qualification for the Europa League and as recently as June 2020, he was lining up for Werder Bremen against Bayern Munich.

The 1.93m centre-back is now excited at the prospect of launching the next chapter of his career with Glory.

“After such a long time playing in Germany, I had to ask myself the question would it be great to have a new experience in another country for me professionally and us as a family,” he said.

“There were two or three options to stay in Germany, but we decided to try the new experience and it was an easy decision for us.

“It’s a new challenge.

“[Sydney FC midfielder] Alexander Baumjohann is a friend of mine, I played with him at Hertha Berlin, so I watched some games that he played in last season, including the Semi-Final against Perth.

“I know about the big clubs and how Perth has been really successful in the last years and I am really looking forward to joining the club.”

Glory Head Coach Richard Garcia is understandably thrilled to have a player of Langkamp’s impressive pedigree on board for the 2020/21 campaign.

“Sebastian is a great addition to the squad and someone who will bring a wealth of experience to the group,” he said.

“Having a player of his quality will bolster our defence as well as help improve our young defenders at the club.”

Glory CEO Tony Pignata, meanwhile, believes that the new recruit will have a key role to play in helping the club build upon its recent success.

“Sebastian was playing in one of Europe’s best and most competitive leagues last season and it’s a real coup that we have managed to secure his services,” he said.

“We are determined to keep improving as a club and players of his calibre will certainly help us do that.

“I’m sure all our Members and fans will enjoy seeing Sebastian in the famous purple in the coming weeks.”