Norwich City are delighted to announce that German left-back Philip Heise has signed with the Club until June 2022, subject to international clearance.
Heise has spent the last year playing in the second tier of German football, 2. Bundesliga, at Dynamo Dresden, making 61 appearances in all competitions and scoring five goals.
Prior to that he played in the Bundesliga at VfB Stuttgart from July 2015 to January 2017, moving from FC Heidenheim where he spent two years.
The 27-year-old, born in Dusseldorf, also spent time in his youth career at Fortuna Dusseldorf and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, he said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s the next step for me and my family.
“It’s very good for me to meet all my teammates and get started now. The football in England is a very high standard and I am excited to come here and learn about English football.
“I already know Christoph Zimmermann from the German league, but I am excited to meet my other teammates. I know Christoph from the Academy at Borussia Monchengladbach nine years ago, so I am happy to see him again.
Heise joined team training this week and said he was impressed with the Club’s facilities and football philosophy.
“I’ve seen the training ground which is very nice, and I’ve also seen the stadium which was amazing,” he said. “It’s a dream for every German player to play somewhere like this.
“I am a left-back and I think I have a good left foot with free-kicks and crosses. I like to make quick passes and make good runs behind my teammates and help all the players from my left side.
“I love his [Daniel Farke’s] style of football because it’s not just long balls to the striker, you have to win the fight and they play using lots of space.”
Head Coach Daniel Farke said: “We are all really happy to have Philip here. It’s a bit of a surprise for us that we are able to have this transfer right now because we actually planned to bring him in for the summer, but we had the option to bring him in now and with the long-term injuries of Carlton Morris and Louis Thompson we got the feeling it would be good to strengthen the squad a bit.
“To have a specialist on the left full-back position is another good option for us and he can play on the left wing as well and play as a wing-back. He is a good guy with lots of experience and we are pleased to have him.
“It will take some time for him to adapt to English football so it is good to bring Philip in to have a really good option for the crucial period of this season but also to give him some time to adapt and be really strong for the next season.”