CHAD WINGER - Thursday, December 20, 2007
Hamburg SV II striker Preston Zimmerman will celebrate Christmas early as the Under-20 striker has signed a full-professional contract that will keep the American in Germany until 2009.
Both sides were keen on agreeing to the new deal that runs through June 2009," agent Joe Schoenbauer told YA. "Preston is determined to succeed at an ambitious club and Hamburg has proven to be a great fit."
Zimmerman, 19, is a prime candidate to make a leap to the first squad after the winter break with a host of player expected to head to Ghana for the African Cup of Nations which begin on January 20th.
"He will still have to earn his place in the first team squad," Schoenbauer commented. "With his new deal it gives him a greater opportunity to achieve this in the new year."
Zimmerman, signed with Hamburg out of high school in January 2006, but was unable to suit up with the squad until a year later due to age restrictions for non-European Union citizens.
The Pasco, Washington leads the HSV II squad with six goals from 19 matches this season to go along with three tallies from 14 games in his rookie campaign.