Schonheim switches to Mainz

Defender signs three-year contract after transfer for undisclosed fee

Schonheim: A long-term target of Mainz

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Mainz have signed defender Fabian Schonheim from third-tier SV Wehen Wiesbaden on a contract until June 2014.

The former Kaiserslautern youngster had a year left on his deal at SV Wehen Wiesbaden and joins Mainz for an undisclosed fee.

SV Wehen Wiesbaden executive Wolfgang Graf regrets former Germany Under-21 international Schonheim's exit but realises his club could not stand in the 24-year-old's way.

Graf told Rhein Main Presse newspaper: "A player like Fabian Schonheim will not be easy to replace, however, we had to deal with reality.

"If there is a club from the top-flight it's very tough to compete for a club like us. It also would not have been fair to block Fabian Schonheim a return to the Bundesliga."

Mainz general manager Christian Heidel said: "We are happy to be able to add Fabian Schonheim to our squad for the new season.

"We have been watching him for some time and feel he can do a good job for Mainz in the Bundesliga."