Hamburg's Romeo Castelen signs new one-year deal

The former Feyenoord winger, who has been capped for the Dutch national team, has been given a contract extension after battling back from a serious knee injury
Hamburg winger Romeo Castelen has signed a one-year extension to his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season.

The former Feyenoord man, who has seen his career ravaged by injury, is hoping to play his way into coach Michael Oenning's plans for next term.

The 27-year-old was unable to make even a single appearance during the 2010-11 campaign due to a serious knee problem, but began to make progress towards recovery in the spring and was even named in the matchday squad for HSV's final league game against Borussia Monchengladbach.

"I had a very good conversation with Frank Arnesen in which we clarified everything. Since then, I have a much more positive mindset and I can go on my holidays in a relaxed frame of mind," he told the club's official website.

The Dutchman, who won 10 caps for his country between 2004 and 2007, is heading to Lanzarote for eight days but will be continuing his rehabilitation work as he looks to hit the ground running when the players return for pre-season training.

He added: "Like everyone else I have been assigned a special training program. It is not all just about the physical side, though, but also the mental side."

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