PICAULT RE-UPS WITH ST. PAULI
DAVID SMITH - Sunday, May 1, 2016
Fabrice "Fafa" Picault has secured secured his spot in the city of Hamburg for two more seasons, as FC St. Pauli has decided to extend his current contract through 2018.
The club made the announcement on Friday just before their home game against 1860 Munich, with the team's sporting director Thomas Meggle complimenting his work throughout the season.
"Fafa has shown that he can be a very important player for certain game situations," Meggle appraised. "In his year with us, he has developed well, and we want to continue with that."
The team's subsequent 2-0 loss to the Munich team did mathematically eliminate them from having any chance of reaching the third-place promotion play-off spot. However, their generally strong showing this season, which has them currently sitting in fourth place with a two-point cushion before the final two outings, will no doubt have them seen as promotion contenders for the 2016-17 season.
The New York-born forward has had a progressively strengthening season with St. Pauli since joining the club last summer, and has put himself in position to play a critical role in their upcoming push for Germany's big dance.
Overall, he has played in 14 games, starting five and netting four goals. However, his form of late has been notable, with a man-of-the-match, two-goal output against Bochum followed up by another impressive goal-scoring performance one week later at Düsseldorf.
This has led the Hamburg-based club to keep the former Cagliari Calcio youth product at the Millerntor-Stadion for the next two seasons.
With nothing but pride left to play for, St. Pauli will close out their season with a visit to third-place Nürnberg next weekend, followed by the home-closer against Kaiserslautern.