STAGS SIGN KEEPER SASCHA STUDER
Mansfield Town sign Swiss 'keeper
mansfieldtown.net, 24th July 2014
Shot-stopper puts pen to paper ahead of the new Football League season.
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We are delighted to have captured the signature of highly-rated young goalkeeper Sascha Studer, subject to international clearance.
The 22-year-old, who was previously with FC Aarau and most recently Winterthur in Switzerland, joins us on a free transfer following a successful trial at the club.
Studer was between the sticks - and kept a clean-sheet - in our clash with Leeds United at One Call Stadium earlier this week - a match where we earned victory courtesy of two goals by debutant Liam Hearn.
Despite his tender years, Studer is the holder of a notable record in the Swiss Super League as he kept goal for FC Aarau in a match with Sion back in April 2007, aged just 15 years, 6 months and 18 days, which makes him the youngest player ever to start a game in the Swiss First Division.
The talented custodian, who stands at a towering 6ft 3in, has also enjoyed loan spells with Swiss clubs Concordia BS, Wohlen as well as a loan stint in Germany at SV Babelsberg. He has made over 50 first team appearances to date, including over 30 in the Swiss top flight, and has represented Switzerland Under 17s on four occasions.
Speaking to http://www.mansfieldtown.net: “I am so excited about this opportunity. I decided last year that I wanted to pursue a career in England, and now that it is finally happening I could not be happier.
"The Leeds game was an amazing experience for me, and the fans were brilliant and got behind me. The manager, staff and players here at Mansfield are great and I can’t wait for the League to begin. Everybody has made me so welcome."
Football - Stags seal Studer deal
Mansfield have signed Swiss goalkeeper Sascha Studer on a one-year deal.
6ft 3in Studer has over 50 professional appearances and he has appeared for Switzerland's under-17s four times.
The 22-year-old, who holds the record for being the youngest ever player to start a Swiss Super League match in 2007 aged 15 years, six months and 18 days, was a free agent after leaving FC Winterthur in Switzerland.
Studer told Mansfield's official website: "I am so excited about this opportunity.
"I decided last year that I wanted to pursue a career in England and now that it is finally happening I could not be happier.
"The Leeds game was an amazing experience for me and the fans were brilliant and got behind me.
"The manager, staff and players here at Mansfield are great and I can't wait for the League to begin. Everybody has made me so welcome."
Studer kept a clean sheet in the Stags' 2-0 win over Leeds on Tuesday.
New keeper could be key signing - Murray
Adam Murray feels new Swiss goalkeeper Sascha Studer could be a key signing for Mansfield Town this season.
Assistant manager Murray said 22-year-old Studer had impressed on and off the field during his trial period and said: “I think he is going to be a very clever signing.
“We have had him in for a couple of weeks and seen him on a day-to-day basis. So we know his character and attitude.
“We looked at him technically, how he was with the lads and we have also seen him in game situations. So we are chuffed to bits to have him on board.
“He is technically excellent. Once the fans get to see him a bit closer they will get to see how he handles the ball is different class.
“He is also a character who is not scared to bark at his back three or back four which was a big thing for us. He can orchestrate his defence.
“He is still a young lad which was also a massive part for us as we can work with him and mould him into what we want. And the biggest thing is that he is ours.”
But Murray confirmed Studer would be the only senior keeper on the books for now.
“With the squad we’ve had to put together and the budget we’ve worked with we can only fit one goalkeeper in at the moment,” he said.
“But we do have a young lad called Adam Bishop, who has come through our youth set-up. He was U16s last year and we have now taken him on as a first year apprentice scholarship.
“He has only just left school but, with having no other keeper here, he has stepped up and is training with us. The lad has definitely got potential and will be with us for the foreseeable future.”
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You can see @BVBStuder's catch from a corner against Leeds here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtTy1aqRMl4 and save with his legs here http://www.player.mansfieldtown.net/latest-news/article/4031227
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