Bremen announce Drobny deal

SV Werder Bremen have confirmed the signing of experienced goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny on a free transfer from North derby rivals Hamburger SV.

The Czech Republic international will leave Die Rothosen when his contract expires at the end of this month, having penned a one-year deal with Viktor Skrypnyk’s side.

Drobny came to Germany in 2007 following spells in the Czech Republic, Greece, England and the Netherlands. He joined Bochum on loan before making the move to Hertha Berlin six months later.

The 36-year-old left the German capital for Hamburg in 2010 following Die Alte Dame’s relegation from the Bundesliga, and went on to make 96 top-flight appearances in six seasons at Volksparkstadion.

Drobny is expected to provide back-up for first-choice keeper Felix Wiedwald next term following confirmation of his arrival in Bremen.

“We’ve signed an experienced keeper in Jaroslav Drobny,” Werder sporting director Frank Baumann told the club’s official website.

“He has already shown on many occasions that he can be relied upon and is 100 percent ready. The team will also profit from his character away from the pitch.”