Brighton & Hove Albion defender Uwe Huenemeier has agreed a deal to join German side SC Paderborn this summer.
Huenemeier, whose contract with Albion runs until the end of the season, returns to the club from which he joined the Seagulls three years ago.
He said, “Uwe has been an outstanding player and professional for this club since the day he arrived, and while we are very sorry that he will leave us this summer, we completely understand his desire to play regularly.
“He played a significant part in our promotion season, as well as the near miss a year earlier. Fans will know about his performances on the pitch, but what they may not be aware of is his consummate professionalism in training and his lifestyle.
“This season his chances have been limited, understandably, but he has still trained at an incredible level, alongside others in a similar position, and if needed, I know I’d have had no qualms about Uwe coming into the side - as he showed for the match against Everton.
“On behalf of the club and also on a personal level, I would like to thank Uwe for his excellent service to this club - he’ll go down in club history as part of the promotion-winning side - and wish him well for the future.”