He was our first signing of the summer, Philipp Hofmann! The accurate striker moved to the Ruhr area from Karlsruher SC. He shared his first impressions with the media representatives present after the training kick-off on Monday afternoon.

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Getting underway: "I was really looking forward to the first session today. We already had the fitness tests in the days before. I was able to get to know the whole staff. I was really well received. I already knew a few of the guys."

...getting to know my new colleagues: "I don't have any problems with that at all. The guys also make it very easy for me. I played with Simon Zoller and Kevin Stöger at Kaiserslautern and with Danilo Soares at Ingolstadt. Some players you know from playing against, Manuel Riemann for example."

...the decision to come to VfL: "The talks were very good, I had the right feeling. I've played in the neighborhood for a while, so I already knew the mentality in the Ruhr area. That's why it was quickly clear to me that I wanted to join VfL. Of course, I followed them last season and was pleasantly surprised. There were some great games. A super season, I really wanted to be part of it."

...His personal goals: "I do my thing and try to bring my performance to the pitch. That's when I can best help the team. My goal is to assert myself and play. I'm very excited about the Bundesliga, I'm looking forward to every game."