CHAD WINGER - Friday, March 7, 2008
Hansa Rostock head coach Frank Pagelsdorf has apparently had a change of heart when it comes to Heath Pearce.
After stating a little more than a month ago that Pearce, 'would never play for me again,' the American was inserted into the lineup for the second half of last weekend's 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld.
"It's not about me or about the individual players," says Pagelsdorf told YA. "The team's success is what matters - and everyone has to contribute."
Though neither club, coach or player has confirmed publicly, Pearce had reportedly returned late to training after the winter break, with the club even throwing the American's name out in the transfer window in numerous published papers in Germany.
Fined €1,500 by the club, sources in Germany state that the former Portland Pilot eventually paid off the penalty after initial refusal.
"There wasn't a discussion with [Pearce] - his actions spoke loudly enough," Pagelsdorf said. "He has shown me that he is ready to contribute to the team."
Pearce, who has appeared 11 times for Hansa since joining in August, should be available on Saturday when the club travel to face MSV Duisburg.