In-form Socceroo Mathew Leckie has scored on his FSV Frankfurt farewell after agreeing to a three-year contract to join German 2.Bundesliga outfit FC Ingolstadt.
Leckie scored 11 goals and provided eight assists in 2.Bundesliga this term, including the second in FSV’s 2-0 win over Koln on Sunday, to become hot property.
The 23-year-old was regularly linked in German reports with a move away from financially-embattled FSV in the second-half of this term and has now confirmed the switch.
"I want to personally take the next step and Ingolstadt is an ambitious club that offers me this opportunity,” Leckie said in an Ingolstadt club statement.
Leckie had two years remaining on his FSV contract, but has penned a deal with Ingolstadt until 2017 with the transfer fee believed to be around €750,000 ($AU1.1 million).
He added in an FSV club statement: "I had a great two years at FSV Frankfurt.
“I was able to develop in the 2.Bundesliga. I thank the team, the coaching staff and the whole club. I look forward to a reunion with FSV in the next season.”
FSV sporting director Uwe Stoever said: “Mathew Leckie’s development in the last two years at FSV Frankfurt has been excellent and has naturally created interest from other clubs.
“We have enjoyed working with him, but must respect the player’s desre for a change. FSV wishes him all the best for the future and a successful time at the World Cup.”
Leckie had joined FSV permanently from Borussia Moenchengladbach at the start of the 2013-14 season after spending the prior campaign on loan.
The Socceroo’s new home, FC Ingolstadt, finished 10th in the 2.Bundesliga in 2013-14, three points and three spots above FSV.