German striker signs for Millwall

Millwall have completed the signing of Andreas Voglsammer from Bundesliga side Union Berlin for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old forward has signed a one-year deal at the Den with the option of a further 12 months. The German will wear the number 21 shirt for Millwall.

Voglsammer was first approached by Millwall a few years ago and he is delighted that a deal has now been done.

“I’m very happy and proud that I am here,” he told Millwall’s website. “Everything is new for me right now, so I have to see what the next few days will hold, but I’m happy and looking forward to getting going at a new club.

“My agent called me and told me that Millwall were interested. The first contact was actually a few years ago, so we’ve stayed in touch since then. This is the perfect timing for me to be here now.”

“I will always give 100% and my best, and wear my heart on my sleeve. I’ll give everything to be successful, not only for myself but for the team.

“I’ve heard that the fans are the loudest in the League! I am looking forward to hearing them when I score a goal or we win a game. It’ll be an honour to play in front of them for this football club.”

Lions’ manager Gary Rowett also addressed the club’s original interest for Voglsammer as well as what he can offer to the team.

“I’ve been watching [Andreas] for about three years,” he said. “He’s one I tried to sign early after coming here.

“I watched him at Arminia Bielefeld before he went to Union Berlin and he was in double figures there, playing anywhere across the front three or behind the strikers.

“I watched him further at Berlin, where they finished fifth in the Bundesliga, so you’re talking about a player of that quality. It’s a real coup for us. He’s wanted to come to England to play, it’s been one of his ambitions.”

“He looks very much like he’ll fit into the English game and in The Championship. He’s strong, aggressive, works very hard and is very competitive, but he’s also got that ability to produce something out of nothing. That’s something we want to keep adding to the group and the flexibility of the forward line.

“I’m delighted he’s joining us and I can’t wait to see him out on the pitch for the football club.”

Voglsammer began his professional career with 2. Bundesliga club Karlsruher SC in 2010. On the 16th October 2010, he made his debut in both professional football and for Karlsruher. Voglsammer came on as a second half substitute in a 2-0 defeat at home to VfL Bochum. This would be his only appearance for the club and he moved on at the end of the season.

In the summer of 2011, Voglsammer signed for TSV 1860 Rosenheim, his hometown club. Rosenheim competed in the Bayernliga, the fifth tier of German football. He scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win at home to TSV Rain/Lech in July 2011. The forward ended the season with 12 goals and 1 assist in 32 appearances.

In July 2012, he made his way back up the footballing pyramid after signing for 3. Liga side SpVgg Unterhaching. He spent 2 and a half seasons at the club, scoring 23 goals and laying 14 assists in 98 appearances.

In January of 2015, he once again moved up the German league system. Voglsammer joined 2. Bundesliga club 1. FC Heidenheim, the transfer fee was believed to be about €200,000.

His spell at Heidenheim didn’t go to plan and he was released by the club in January 2016, just a year into his 2-and-a-half-year contract. He made 25 appearances for the club and failed to score any goals.

After his release he joined fellow 2. Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld. His first goal for the club came in October 2016, Voglsammer scored the only goal of the game in a home win over SV Sandhausen.

Across the next few seasons, Voglsammer became a mainstay in the Bielefeld team and helped the club win promotion to the Bundesliga in the 19/20 season. Bielefeld survived relegation in the 20/21 season and Voglsammer scored 2 goals. He scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 1-1 draw at Mainz in March 2021.

At the end of the season, Voglsammer signed for another Bundesliga club in Union Berlin, ending his 5-year association with Bielefeld. He made 163 appearances for the club, scoring 49 goals and laying on 22 assists.

Due to his recent transfer to Millwall, Voglsammer spent just one season at Union Berlin. In the 21/22 season he made his first appearance in European Competition as well as his first goal in Europe. He played in all 8 of the clubs Conference League matches, scoring 2 goals. His first goal and appearance came in a 4-0 win over Finnish club KuPS in August 2021. He also scored a brilliant goal in the Berlin derby.

Subject to the necessary clearance, Voglsammer’s Millwall debut could come as early as Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Coventry City.