The 19-year-old has been with the German club since 2002 and made his Bundesliga debut in Saturday's 4-2 league win against 1. FSV Mainz 05. Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf has high hopes for the German youth international, who helped his country reach the 2004/05 UEFA European Under-19 Championship semi-finals. "Jerome has continuously improved and we want to support him on his way," he said.
Against Mainz, Polenz replaced Nelson Valdez five minutes from time. The versatile forward, who has scored seven goals in 20 games for Bremen's third division reserve side this season, is to be integrated into the first team though he will still be available for the reserves. Polenz has been added to Bremen's squad for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, with Juventus the opposition in the last 16 on 22 February and 7 March.
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