20 September 2019
Finnish Salibandyliiga Swiss National League A

Wiler-Ersigen commits the best defender in the world

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Only days before the Swiss NLA final will be played, Wiler-Ersigen announced a spectacular transfer. The eleven-time Swiss champion and current Super finalist has contracted Krister Savonen, the best defender in the world. 

Savonen will move to Wiler-Ersigen together with his current teammate Joonas Pylsy. Wiler-Ersigen is building a super team, as Matthias Hofbauer also announced he would still continue for at least a year. Savonen is one of the strongholds of team Finland, with which he is the reigning world champion. He’s become the best defender in the world twice in a row.

For the double World Champion, it is the first engagement abroad. For Wiler, the joy of Savonen’s commitment is great. Wiler-Ersigen’s sports director Marcel Siegenthaler explains why: “On the one hand, because we can present an attraction to the SVWE-fans, but also to the entire league. On the other hand: it was expected that Savonen would end up with a Swedish top team, so for us, this is proof that SV Wiler-Ersigen is counted among the big clubs internationally.”

The transfer was realized together with Savonen’s agent KRONAfloorball. Savonen has signed a one-year contract with an option for another season.

Krister Savonen together with his current teammates at Classic (Photo: Salibandy.fi)

With Jonaas Pylsy (winning two days ago another championship with Classic Tampere and being playoff top scorer), Wiler-Ersigen was able to announce the commitment of one of the most desirable strikers in the transfer market two months ago already. Now, they can also announce the best defender in the world.

Savonen is second on the top ten list of the world’s best players behind his compatriot and goalie Eero Kosonen. Savonen’s qualities are – in addition to the tackling strength and the technique – especially the playmaker qualities. He doesn’t collect too many points, but he often initiates scoring-chances with ingenious plays (in hockey the second assist, which is not awarded in floorball). Unfortunately for him, Savonen had to watch for the side how Classic won the title due to a foot injury.

With the obligation of Savonen, there are three current world champions in the squad of Wiler-Ersigen (as Tatu Väänänen already played at Wiler). “What can we offer our young team more than to develop alongside these international top cracks”, says Siegenthaler, who sees an absolute win-win situation for the selection next season.

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