Shechter back at Hapoel Tel Aviv

The 26-year-old returns to Hapoel hoping to reinvigorate his career after two frustrating seasons in Europe.

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June 14, 2013 02:19
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ISRAEL STRIKER Itay Shechter

ISRAEL STRIKER Itay Shechter 390 (R). (photo credit: Reuter)

After a bitterly disappointing season, Hapoel Tel Aviv seems to be holding nothing back ahead of 2013/14, signing striker Itay Shechter to a lucrative five-year deal on Thursday.

The 26-year-old returns to Hapoel hoping to reinvigorate his career after two frustrating seasons in Europe. Shechter got his time at German club Kaisersalutern off to a promising start but quickly lost his place in the starting lineup and was loaned out to Swansea City last season.

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The Israel international also failed to make any significant impression in the English Premier League and opted to come back to Tel Aviv instead of fighting for playing time abroad.

“I’m really happy to be back home,” said Shechter, who was also connected with a move to Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa.

“I experienced a tough season. I didn’t feel part of the team. I had to take a step back to regain confidence and enjoy playing once more.”

Shechter is the fourth signing made by new Hapoel coach Ran Ben- Shimon since he joined the club last month.

“Itay has already proven himself at this club and the only thing I expect from him is that he gives his best,” said Ben-Shimon. “The expectations are high with or without Shechter. I think we have signed the kind of player who will help us challenge on all fronts.”

Shechter’s first stint with Hapoel was a resounding success. He scored 27 goals in 45 league appearances, helping Tel Aviv to the championship in the 2009/2010 season, and to the Champions League group stage the following campaign.

“Perhaps I could have made more money at other clubs, but I’d rather play for Hapoel,” said Shechter, who is set to earn around NIS 15 million over the next five seasons. “The expectations from me would have been high regardless of my salary and I will do my all to repay the club.”


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