Mansfield Town have announced the signing of highly-rated young goalkeeper Sascha Studer, subject to international clearance.
The 22-year-old, who was previously with FC Aarau and most recently Winterthur in Switzerland, put pen to paper this morning following a successful trial at the club.
Studer was between the sticks – and kept a clean-sheet – in the Stags’ clash with Leeds United at One Call Stadium earlier this week – a match in which Mansfield earned victory courtesy of two goals by debutant Liam Hearn.
Despite his tender years, Studer is the holder of a notable record in the Swiss Super League as he kept goal for FC Aarau in a match with Sion back in April 2007 aged just 15 years, six months and 18 days, which makes him the youngest player ever to start a game in the Swiss First Division.
The talented custodian, who stands at a towering 6ft 3ins, has also enjoyed loan spells with Swiss clubs Concordia BS, Wohlen as well as a loan stint in Germany at SV Babelsberg.
He has made over 50 first team appearances to date, including over 30 in the Swiss top flight, and has represented Switzerland U17s on four occasions.
Speaking to the club’s official website, www.mansfieldtown.net: “I am so excited about this opportunity.
“I decided last year that I wanted to pursue a career in England, and now that it is finally happening I could not be happier. “The Leeds game was an amazing experience for me, and the fans were brilliant and got behind me. The manager, staff and players here at Mansfield are great and I can’t wait for the League to begin. Everybody has made me so welcome.”
Mansfield had run the rule over several trial keepers since Alan Marriott turned down a new contract with the club at the end of last season.