Rot-Weiss sign up big German talent Johannes Grosse

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Johannes Grosse will bring his talent to Rot-Weiss Koln next season as he becomes the latest German international to link up with the club, moving from Club an der Alster.

The 21-year-old is currently lining out with the German team at the Four Nations tournament in Dusseldorf as preparations continue for November’s World Cup.

Speaking about the new addition, Rot-Weiss coach André Henning, said: " Jojo is a player every club wants to have in their squad. He's strategically one of the best right now and yet he has incredibly great potential and we can make many steps forward with him.

“He is not a big speaker, but still has a decisive influence on his teams. We are very pleased that a prodigy like this wants to join us."

Grosse, meanwhile, added: “Rot-Weiss is one of the best clubs in Europe and I am very excited to play here. I would like to contribute to further championships and titles.

“I personally am here to develop and qualify for the World Cup and Olympic Games. Rot-Weiss, with its top class team, the coaching and the professional environment, offer the best conditions.

“Of course, I'm leaving An der Alster with a crying eye as I have a lot of friends in Hamburg and the club was very supportive of me in my career. I wish them all the best.”

Grosse grew up in Berlin and initially played with the Zehlendorfer Wasps before moving to Hamburg aged 17. He was part of the Germany Under-18 side together with his future coach André Henning, with Kai Aichinger, Lukas Trompertz, Maximilian Werner, and Thies Prinz.

He was also part of the 2016 Junior World Cup squad in India before joining the senior national squad for the World League Final last December.

After the departure of Mathias Müller to Polo Hamburg, he will take a central role in the Rot-Weiss defence.