Former German youth international forward Michael Delura has left hometown club FC Schalke 04 to join Greek side Panionios NFC on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old had been with Schalke since he was 14 and made his senior debut in 2003, playing in that season's UEFA Cup. He appeared infrequently before loans to Hannover 96 in 2005/06 and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach last season, taking his Bundesliga appearance tally to 76.
Feeling at ease
"It's the first time that I will play abroad, but I already feel at ease in Athens and at Panionios," Delura said. "My aim is to adjust as soon as possible to my new life in order to give my best to the team. I want to help Panionios, perform well and score many goals." His new team, fifth in Greece last season, enter the UEFA Cup in September's first round.
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