The departure of Fulham right-back Sascha Riether to Bundesliga outfit SC Freiburg has been confirmed by a statement on the club’s website.
Riether, 31, joined the club on loan from FC Cologne in summer 2012. He quickly became a fan favourite, winning the club’s player of the year award for 2013; beating top scorer Dimitar Berbatov in the process.
Fulham decided to snap up the player on a permanent deal last summer, but following their relegation to the championship he has rejoined the club where it all started.
Following spells in the academies of FV Kuhbach and Offenburger FV, Riether joined Freiburg’s youth ranks in 1998. Progressing into the first team, in 2002 he made his debut for the club and helped them to win promotion back to the Bundesliga.
After making 139 appearances for the club, he joined Wolfsburg in 2007 and helped them to win their first Bundesliga title in 2009. Riether went on to join rivals FC Cologne in 2011 and featured in 33 games before the side were relegated and he joined Fulham on loan.
Riether made 72 appearances in his two seasons with the London outfit and the club were quick to thank him for his services: “The Club would like to thank Sascha for his service and wishes him the very best for the future.”
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