Just rewards for three youth players at VfL Bochum 1848: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Paul Grave and Moritz Römling have been awarded with long-term professional contracts. Goalkeeper Paul Grave and his two team-mates have been training with the first-team squad for quite some time yet, and Moritz Römling recently debuted in Bundesliga 2 being even part of the starting XI against Holstein Kiel.
Sebastian Schindzielorz, VfL head of sport, emphasises the excellent training supplied by the “Talent Factory”: “For some time now, we have been focussing on the development of home-grown talent and their integration into the professional squad. The contracts given to Paul Grave, Armel Bella-Kotchap and Moritz Römling are testament to the success of our efforts.
“The three players have been training with the first team for quite a while, taking part in our mid-season training camp. Moritz has already played in the Bundesliga and Armel has made it into the squad on several occasions. That’s exactly what we are striving to do in our Talent Factory – challenging and developing youngsters to turn them into proper Bochum lads.”
Schindzielorz added, “Paul Grave is a highly-gifted goalkeeper who has been awarded the Werner Altegoer medal for outstanding youth players. Armel and Moritz are exceptionally strong for their age and both are part of the German Under-18 international team. And we mustn’t forget that all three are only 17 years old and will be eligible to play for our U-19s in Bundesliga West for another season.”