Dundee United have given German goalkeeper Luis Zwick a professional contract after he played for free to win himself a deal.
The 21-year-old joined the Tannadice club as an amateur last summer from FC Hertha 03 Zehlendorf but impressed boss Jackie McNamara with his performances for United’s youth team.
The Berlin-born stopper had to overcome a bout of homesickness and problems with the language barrier, however McNamara now expects Zwick to compete for the club’s No 1 spot after giving him a two-year contract.
Goalkeeping coach Craig Hinchliffe said: “Luis fully deserves his contract. His story is fantastic and shows how determination and desire mixed with ability can achieve goals.
“He is an excellent technical goalkeeper – a modern goalkeeper if you like, fantastic with the ball at his feet – and has proved he has the mental strength to succeed. He is one of three goalkeepers at the club who have the opportunity to prove they merit the first-team goalkeeper’s jersey.
“We have chosen to not give out the ‘1’ squad number because we have three goalkeepers all capable of playing in the Scottish Premiership and over pre-season, one will prove to me they deserve the jersey.”
Zwick added: “I have worked very hard to show my ability and I am delighted and proud to sign as a professional for United.
“My target is to now play games, continue my development and make an effort to secure the goalkeeper’s jersey for the first team.”