Marcin Kaminski: It was an easy decision

FC Schalke 04 were able to announce that Marcin Kaminski had extended his contract almost immediately after the final game of last season. “It was an easy decision for me. I definitely wanted to stay at Schalke,” said the centre-back, who joined the club back in 2021. He has felt right at home since his first day in Gelsenkirchen, as have his family, who attend every home game.

“Schalke suits me,” said Kaminski, who was an important player in the promotion campaign in his first season with the club. His second season, however, didn’t go to plan, for both him and the team. A cut to his calf saw him miss the majority of the first half of the season and cost him a potential place at the World Cup in Qatar. The defender had been part of Poland’s squad for the friendlies prior to the tournament last year.

Kaminski has now put the 2022/23 season behind him. He showed how important he can be for S04’s defence towards the back end of last season, even scoring two goals – a free-kick against Hertha BSC and a header from a corner at Leipzig on the final day.

Defender wants to be dangerous from set-pieces

The left-footed defender wants to continue contributing at the other end of pitch too this season. “If I get a free-kick in a decent position I will take the opportunity to have a shot,” he said. Kaminski also wants to use his aerial strength to his advantage from corners. “Set-pieces were really important when we got promoted two years ago – they will be again this season,” he believes.

We want to get promoted!

Marcin Kaminski

Kaminski has a clear target for the new season: “We want to get promoted!” The 31-year-old was quick to warn that it won’t be a walk in the park though. “Other clubs will also have this goal. There are a number of teams hoping to get promoted in the second division, such as Hamburger SV, Hertha BSC, Hannover 96 and 1. FC Kaiserslautern with their strong home form.”

The Polish centre-back believes the Royal Blues are progressing well in pre-season. “We have trained at a high intensity over the past few days in Mittersill. We’ve done a lot of runs, worked on game situations and 1v1s – it’s been tough in this weather, but that’s a good thing and part and parcel of pre-season,” Kaminski added. Things are also going well away from the training ground too: “The new signings have all settled in nicely and are already a part of the group, something you need if you’re going to be successful.”

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