The gloves are off: Langerak braces for Stuttgart battle

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Socceroo goalkeeper Mitch Langerak is readying himself for a massive fight to win the No.1 jersey at new club VFB Stuttgart.

Langerak completed his first training session with Stuttgart on Tuesday (AEST) after making the switch from fellow Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

The 26-year-old spent the majority of his Dortmund career behind first-choice ‘keeper Roman Weidenfeller but is determined to be the main man at his new club.

He is battling it out with Przemyslaw Tyton and Stuttgart Academy graduate Odisseas Vlachodimos for the starting role.

PICS: LANGERAK'S FIRST TRAINING SESSION 

“I’m well aware that I have to fight hard during pre-season so that I also get to play,” Langerak told club website www.vfb.de/en/

“For goalkeepers it’s completely normal to be in competition with two or three others.

“We all have to fight for our starting place. It’s what I expected and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Langerak was given a staggering opening to his Stuttgart career as thousands of fans turned out to watch their first training session and welcome the club’s new signings.

“It was a great way to start,” Langerak said.

 “It just goes to show what a massive club with great tradition and fantastic fans VfB really are.

“When the season gets under way, the most important thing is that we get off to a good start - then we’ll see what’s possible,” he added.

“The team has quality and I’m proud to be a part of it.”