Second division veteran Tim Claasen strengthens the team

3. Handball Bundesliga
Second division veteran Tim Claasen strengthens the Eagles

The Krefeld third division handball team signed the 25-year-old backcourt player from HSG Ostsee Neustadt/Grömitz. Two more newcomers are to be signed before the start of the pre-season.

Third division handball team HSG Krefeld Niederrhein is currently building the squad for the 2022/23 season. Another newcomer to the Eagles is Tim Claasen. The 25-year-old backcourt player is moving from HSG Ostsee Neustadt/Grömitz (3rd division) to the Lower Rhine. There he played after a long injury break, which he had suffered in the 2nd division at VfL Lübeck-Schwartau. Here he also made his debut in the 2nd Bundesliga at the age of 17. In 137 second division games, the native of Lübeck scored 200 goals.

“We noticed last season that we want to position ourselves more broadly in the middle backcourt position. So that we have another type of player in this position alongside Merten Krings, but who also forms a good team with Merten. With this requirement profile, we came across Tim very quickly. He signaled to us from the first second that he was interested in Krefeld and would like to make a difference together with the Eagles. He plays very cleverly, can read the game well and makes good use of his opponents. In addition, Tim himself is very dangerous. With Tim, our game will gain more breadth, he will improve our game,” says Stefan Nippes, the sports director of the HSG.

Tim Claasen knows the Eagles from their time together in the second division: “After that, I always followed the other seasons of the yellow-blacks and am very impressed by the project that was created here and is still being created. Krefeld is definitely one of the top teams in the 3rd division. Coupled with the ambition to get promoted, to play attractive handball in a sport-crazy region and to have an extremely loud and emotional hall with committed fans, the Eagles are exactly the club for my sporting ambitions.

Claasen isn’t the Eagles’ last signing. If possible, until the start of the pre-season on July 11th, a player for the half-left position and a circle runner should be committed. The match schedule for the third division season 2022/23 has not yet been determined. The first highlight is the tournament on August 6th and 7th in the Glockenspitzhalle with the Bundesliga promoted VfL Gummersbach, TUSEM Essen and the Bundesliga relegated TuS N-Lübbecke.