Arrival: SAFC sign Thorben Hoffmann

Sunderland AFC is delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Thorben Hoffmann.

The stopper has put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal at the Stadium of Light, arriving from 31-time German champions Bayern Munich.

Hoffmann, 22, has made over 50 appearances for Bayern Munich II in the 3. Liga – the German third division – as well as being capped by Germany at Under-18 level.

Standing at 6’4”, the goalkeeper started his career with Hansa Rostock before enjoying spells with Hertha BSC and RB Leipzig.

He moved to the Allianz Arena in 2015 and was part of the Bayern II side that won the German third division in 2019-20, as they became the first reserve team to win the 3. Liga.

Speaking after his arrival, Hoffmann said: “It’s a great feeling to sign with the club and I can’t wait to meet the players and staff. I’m looking to develop as a player and Sunderland gave me the best opportunity to do that. It will be a special feeling to play in front of 30,000 supporters each week at the Stadium of Light.”

Lee Johnson added: “Thorben is elite on the ball in terms of playing out from the back and he has great pedigree from his learning process and the way that German clubs coach, especially Bayern Munich. Like all young goalkeepers he has areas of his game to work on, but he’s agile and an outstanding shot-stopper in close quarters. We are really excited to add another quality goalkeeper to our stable, as we continue to drive competition and quality.”

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