The youth-programme of the VfL women again bears fruit! Following the long-term contract extension of promising young goalkeeper Melina Loeck, a home-grown talent from the Lady-Wolves Under 23s, as from this summer, Anna-Lena Stolze joins head-coach Stephen Lerch’s Bundesliga team, having signed a three-year extension with the Green-Whites until 2021.
Stolze promoted, Wullaert bids farewell
The 17-year-old attacker, who made the move to VfL Wolfsburg from ATSV Stockelsdorf in 2015, initially began with the Lady-Wolves Under 17s, scoring 25 goals in just 17 matches. Since 2015, the player from Ostholstein has been active with VfL’s Under 23s in the second division – netting 15 times in 26 matches. In addition, the repeated German youth international trains regularly with the Lady-Wolves Bundesliga team and has participated in several training camps.
As from the new season, Stolze, who completes her high-school education in 2019, will be a permanent fixture in the Lady-Wolves Bundesliga squad, where she should ultimately succeed Tessa Wullaert. The Belgian international declined the offer of a contract extension from VfL and will leave Wolfsburg at the end of the current season.
"Highly talented attacking player"
"We are delighted that Anna-Lena sees her future here at VfL Wolfsburg. She is a highly-talented attacking player, who is far from being at the end of her development and will take the next step in her career this summer. We will patiently guide her into the demands of the Bundesliga, but we are completely convinced that we can compensate the departure of Tessa Wullaert from within our own ranks," explained Ralf Kellermann, Sporting Director of women’s football at VfL.