Werder Bremen have announced the permanent signing of Nils Petersen from Bayern Munich on a four-year contract.
The striker has spent the last year on loan at Werder, scoring 11 goals in his 35 appearances for the club as they survived relegation with one game of the Bundesliga season remaining.
His move to Werder proved a good one, as he ended the season as the club’s joint top goalscorer with Aaron Hunt and impressed the hierarchy enough to want to sign him on a permanent basis.
“We’re delighted that Nils will be continuing to go for goal wearing the Werder crest over the coming years,” sporting director Thomas Eichin told the club’s official website. “He’s shown this season that he fits in perfectly here.
“We know he’s got tremendous potential and now, with this long-term arrangement, we’re confident he can maintain his progress and become a cornerstone of the team in Bremen.”
Peterson joined Bayern in May 2011, having been second division top scorer for Energie Cottbus, but he found opportunities limited by the other striking options at the club.
The four-year contract will see Petersen remain at Werder until 2017, and he is looking forward to continuing his goalscoring feats next season.
“I’ve been waiting a long time to get this news and I’m very happy it’s worked out the way I’d hoped,” he said.
“I’ll be going into the new season highly motivated and want to play my part in helping us take a major step forwards.”