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SIGNING: Defender Sama signs for the Reds

German defender Stephen Sama becomes Stanley's seventh signing of the summer

4 September 2020

Accrington Stanley have today made their seventh signing of the summer with the addition of German defender Stephen Sama on a two-year deal.

Cameroon-born Sama began his youth career in Germany including two years with Borussia Dortmund, before moving to England to sign for Liverpool in 2009.

The 27-year-old spent five years at Anfield before signing for VfB Stuttgart, with Stephen going on to make five first team appearances and featuring on 47 occasions for the club's second team.

Sama left Stuttgart in January 2017 to join Greuther Fürth, with the defender joining VfL Osnabruck a year later on loan until the end of the 2017/18 season.

A move to the Netherlands followed in July 2018, as the former youth international signed for Heracles Almelo in the Eredivisie.

The club achieved seventh and eighth-placed finishes in his two seasons at the club, with Stephen making a total of nine appearances for the Almelo-based side.

After signing his contract, Sama explained that he is very happy to be back in England and specifically at a family club.

"I feel great, when I came here two weeks ago, the gaffer (John Coleman) and Jimmy (Bell) gave me the opportunity to be here.

"They've worked my fitness a little bit higher now that I feel so comfortable to sign here and I'm happy to be here, especially at a club like this with family and it feels great for me, I can't wait to get started.

"I'm just happy to be back, also in general back in England and especially around the area near Liverpool where I used to also play as a kid."

Stephen's first interview video will be uploaded to the club's official YouTube channel later today, CLICK HERE to find out more!

The move is subject to international clearance, with Sama not available for tonight's Carabao Cup game against Burton Albion.

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