KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, May 31, 2017
US national team defender John Brooks has signed with German Bundesliga team VfL Wolfsburg from his hometown team Hertha Berlin, the team confirmed on Wednesday.
The transfer fee for the towering central defender is estimated at over $20 million and he has signed a five-year contract. There were reports on Tuesday saying a transfer for Brooks to the Volkswagen Arena was imminent and the fee would be a record.
"VfL have signed @j_brooks25 for the upcoming season. Welcome to the Wolves, John," Wolfsburg posted on their Twitter page.
Brooks, 24, started his career with Hertha Berlin's youth team before making his first team debut in the 2. Bundesliga in August 2012 in a game against Paderborn. In that season he helped the capital team earn promotion back to the Bundesliga.
This season the Berlin native played a role in helping the team compete for a place in next season's Champions League, but the team would crumble late in the season and finish in sixth place in the standings to earn a spot in the Europa League. He played well for certain periods throughout the just concluded season, but injuries and poor play is some games sparked criticism by some in the media.
Brooks leaves Hertha Berlin, having played a total 130 games overall. He will be looking to make a fresh start with his new team that struggled for much of this season.
Wolfsburg will be looking to improve in the standings next season as they were able to avoid relegation to the second division after beating Eintracht Braunschweig in the playoffs.
The Wolves, who won the Bundesliga crown back in the 2008-2009 season, have had American players on their books in the past as Brian McBride, Claudio Reyna, Fabian Johnson and Kamani Hill played with the team.