Górnik move for talented youngster

(photo: Bartek Perek/gornikzabrze.pl)

Ekstraklasa side Górnik Zabrze have secured the services of talented striker Szymon Włodarczyk, on a deal lasting until 2025. The 19-year-old arrives in Upper Silesia from Legia Warsaw, on a free transfer.

Włodarczyk is the son of former journeyman striker Piotr Włodarczyk, who made 4 appearances for the Polish national team between 1999 and 2004, scoring twice. Young Szymon even started his youth career at a number of his father’s former clubs, including Greek sides Aris FC and OFI Crete, and back in Poland with Bałtyk Gdynia.

Since then, Szymon has spent his time in Warsaw, playing firstly for the Wojskowi‘s second team, before being given a chance in the first team in 2020. During the 2021/22 season he made 12 appearances across all competitions, scoring once. He had also made several international appearances at youth level, most recently playing for the U20 side.

Włodarczyk is Gornik’s first transfer of the summer window, although he joins Lukas Podolski and Dani Pacheco in putting pen-to-paper. Only last week, the former German World Cup winner extended his stay at his boyhood club for another season, whilst Pacheco extended his stay at the club until 2024.

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