SK Rapid agreed with TSV Hartberg on a loan contract for the current Bundesliga season. Striker Rene Kriwak will go hunting for goals for the East Styrians in the future.
The towering attacker came to Hütteldorf from the Wiener Sportclub in January 2022 and was initially used by the second team. In the 2nd league he played 15 games for Stefan Kulovits’ selection, in which he scored eight goals. The centre-forward then started preparing for the new season with the pros, scoring four goals in friendly matches (a brace against Neusiedl and one goal each against AEK Larnaka and Celtic).
In addition, he recently made six competitive appearances in Ferdinand Feldhofer’s team, in which he did not score a goal, but was able to prepare the important goal in the 2-1 draw against Neftçi Baku in Azerbaijan.
Managing Director Sport Zoran Barisic says about the loan: “Rene Kriwak now needs as many minutes of action as possible in the top division and with the return of Ferdy Druijf and the fact that he will no longer be taking part in the European Cup, this chance at TSV Hartberg is much greater. In addition, Rene Kriwak, who is still has a lot of potential for further improvement, continue to develop at a well-managed club, which has a very calm environment.I wish him every success in Styria and am sure that he will come back to us as an even better attacker. “
Kriwak says: “I’m looking forward to this new task at Hartberg, a very family club with a lot of potential, which has tried very hard for me. Of course, there are also tears in my eyes, because you don’t like to leave a big club like Rapid. But since it’s a loan, we’ll see what the future brings.”