Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner has made his first signing of the summer, with German left back Chris Löwe set to join from FC Kaiserslautern on July 1.
And the boss is delighted to capture a player he knows well who is still in his prime - and was being chased by "heavyweight" clubs both in England and Germany.
Löwe has signed a pre-contract agreement with Town, and penned a three year deal to start in July, when his contract with his current side runs out.
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The 26-year-old left back spent two years at Borussia Dortmund, where he was part of the squad that won the 2012 Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal Cup, and made his Champions League debut.
He also worked with Wagner as part of Borussia Dortmund II, so will already be familiar with the coach's methods and expectations.
Löwe has more than 200 appearances in German football under his belt, chalking up 40 assists, and has worn the captain's armband for Kaiserslautern, for whom he signed in 2013.
Speaking about his new signing, David Wagner declared: “I know Chris from our time together at Dortmund; he is a player I like a lot.
“Everyone knows him as a player in Germany, as he is often voted as the best left back in in the 2. Bundesliga.
“Everyone also knows he is out of contract in the summer and a lot of heavyweight clubs in Germany, England and elsewhere were interested in such a quality player who is on the market.
“Given this was the case, the fact we have been able to bring a player of Chris’ quality to Huddersfield shows we are going in the right direction.
“Chris possesses good speed and is a good attacker from the left back position, whilst he also likes to defend. He is also a good age; a player in his prime.
“He is also a great character; a leader in the dressing room who has captained the team. He also possesses the winning mentality that we have talked about recently as he’s won titles, trophies and promotion with Chemnitzer and BVB II.”
Born in Plauen, Germany, Chris spent his youth career at FC Wacker Plauen and then Chemnitzer FC.
He made his professional debut for Chemnitzer in November 2007, and often displayed his attacking prowess on the left hand side of midfield.
After 88 appearances and nine goals, he joined German giants Borussia Dortmund in 2011 on a four year deal.
Löwe has been at Kaiserslautern since 2013, establishing himself in the first team and making over a century of appearances.