FC Schalke 04 sign striker Mark Uth

The Royal Blues have wrapped up their first piece of business for the 2018/19 season, with Mark Uth set to join on a free from TSG Hoffenheim. The 26-year-old’s contract with the Kraichgau club expires at the end of the current campaign.

The striker, who was the Bundesliga’s fourth-best goalscorer last season, has agreed a four-year deal with S04, running until 30th June 2022.

“Mark Uth is currently the Bundesliga’s most prolific German forward and will strengthen our attacking options even more from next summer,” said sporting director Christian Heidel. “We’re delighted that we have been able to bring him to FC Schalke 04.”

Mark Uth is currently the Bundesliga’s most prolific German forward

Christian Heidel

Uth is also looking forward to a new chapter next season. “I’m confident that a move to Schalke 04 is the perfect next step for me. I’m really looking forward to tackling this new challenge from the summer,” said the striker. “Until then, I will of course be fully focused on my role at TSG, and will continue to help the club reach their goals with commitment and passion.”

The Cologne-born forward began his footballing career at amateur club TuS Langel. He was part of the 1. FC Köln youth setup between 2004 and 2007, before a move to SCB Viktoria Köln followed. He then return to the Billy Goats from 2010 to 2012, where he featured for the U23s.

The striker made the step up to professional football in the Netherlands. He spent one year in SC Heerenveen’s reserves and another on loan at Heracles Almelo in the Eredivisie, before returning to play for Heerenveen’s first team. Uth scored 23 goals in 63 games in the Dutch top flight, and completed a move to TSG Hoffenheim in 2015. He has scored 28 goals in 72 competitive appearances so far.

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