Petr Jiracek (r.) has left Wolfsburg to sign a four-year contract with Hamburger SV
Petr Jiracek (r.) has left Wolfsburg to sign a four-year contract with Hamburger SV

Jiracek swaps Wolfsburg for Hamburg

Munich - Less than a year after moving to Germany with VfL Wolfsburg, Petr Jiracek has completed a transfer to fellow top-flight side Hamburger SV, signing a four-year-contract with the Bundesliga Dinos. The holding midfielder successfully underwent a medical with the club on Monday and could be in line make his debut appearance for HSV in the Northern derby against Werder Bremen on Matchday 2.

Fink: "He's a running machine"

Jiracek, who joined Felix Magath's side from Viktoria Plzen on a four-and-a-half-year contract back in December 2011, impressed for Wolfsburg in the second half of the 2011/12 season, as well as for the Czech Republic during UEFA EURO 2012. However, after being left out of Magath's squad against VfB Stuttgart, Hamburg were able to entice the experienced 26-year-old with the promise of more first-team opportunities.

Hamburg's fifth signing in the summer transfer window is due to join up with his new teammates in training on the 29 August and big things are expected of the 13-time Czech international. "He's a running machine, possesses no fear and provides a threat in front of goal," said head coach Thorsten Fink. "He's a quiet instigator with heart and mental strength. It's exactly those types of players that we want."

Talking to HSV's official website the versatile left-footed midfielder, who scored two goals in his 13 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg, was full of anticipation about taking on a new challenge in his career. "I'm very excited to join HSV," said Jiracek. "Once I get acclimated to my new surroundings, I want to play a leading role."

James Thorogood