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Stefan Aigner training with Bundesliga side Hoffenheim to get fit for 2018

The German midfielder is putting in work.

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We may not have seen Stefan Aigner on the pitch as much as we would have liked last season, but the German midfielder is doing whatever it takes to get ready for 2018—including training with Bundesliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Aigner has played for multiple teams in Germany over the course of his career, so he’s a familiar face around the Bundesliga. Hoffenheim is a first division squad in the middle of their season, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for Aigner to get up to speed (no pun intended).

I am super excited to see Aigner in full form, and perhaps this speaks to the mentality shift since Anthony Hudson was named head coach. In his letter to the fans yesterday, Hudson explained that “our focus must be on getting the foundation and environment right. Making sure each and every player knows exactly what’s expected of them both on-and-off the field before they arrive. Making sure they ALL understand the importance of coming in to camp fit and ready.”

Aigner has obviously taken that to heart and wants to be ready to go for the Champions League match in February.

Interim General Manager & Sporting Director, Pádraig Smith couldn’t be more pleased with Aigner’s work ethic. “Ever since Stefan first arrived he’s been the consummate professional,” Smith told the Burgundy Wave. “So it’s no surprise to us that he wanted to go train with a Bundesliga side in order to make sure that he’s coming in to preseason camp fully fit. We’re delighted with his work ethic and very much look forward to seeing what he can do next season.”