Hanover - Polish international Artur Sobiech has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension with Hannover 96, keeping him at the club until 30th June 2017. The striker’s current deal was due to run out in the summer of 2014.

“Artur embodies everything you’d look for in a quality striker. An instinct for goal, assertiveness and athletic ability,” said Hannover’s new sporting director Dirk Dufner. “By agreeing upon this early contract extension, we are making it clear that we have the utmost faith in him. I’m delighted that he has agreed to be at the club long-term.”

Ambitious youngster

22-year-old Sobiech has registered six goals in his 37 Bundesliga appearances to go along with the five scored in 16 UEFA Europa League outings since joining the Reds from Polonia Warsaw in 2001. Knowing where his future lies, Sobiech has set himself some lofty targets for the upcoming seasons. “I feel settled in Hanover and at the club. My next aim it to become a more regular fixture in the starting line-up,” explained the ambitious striker. “It’s important for my development that I get more game time, so that I can also become a regular member of the Polish national team.”

96-head coach Mirko Slomka was also happy to be able to plan for the future with Sobiech in mind. “His potential and attitude are outstanding. Artur has proven over the last two years, mostly as a substitute, that we can count on him. We’ll give him our full support so that he can take the next step forward in his career with Hannover 96 and in the Bundesliga.”