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18 August 2020

New Assistant Coach Wolfgang Luisser is thrilled to be working alongside Gerhard Struber once more as he embarks on a different chapter of his career at Barnsley.

The 40-year-old arrives from SC Rheindorf Altach in his native Austria and is eager to help the Reds pick up where they left off at the end of a breathless season.

“I’m very happy that I signed for Barnsley,” began Luisser. “I’ve known Gerhard since ten years ago – we worked together in the academy of Red Bull Salzburg and we always had contact during the last years. I’m happy to be here.”

“I’m very excited and I also followed Barnsley because three players from Austria play here as well, so it was very interesting from Austria to see how they were playing and how the Austrian players were doing.”

A former midfielder, Luisser represented TSV Hartberg, SV Mattersburg and SV Oberwart before joining the coaching staff at Graz AK in 2007.

As aforementioned, he has since been part of the backroom staff at Red Bull Salzburg and also had a three-year stint as the Austria U21s assistant prior to roles with FC Erzgebirge Aue and latterly SC Rheindorf Altach.

“I played soccer in Austria as well, in the second division,” he continued. “I then had a bad injury with my knee and had to stop my career, so I studied sport and geography and also sports science, then did my trainer licence very fast – so I have my UEFA Pro Licence.

“I like the offensive play very much. The style of Red Bull is very famous in Austria; it’s very intense and high pressure with a lot of goals and dynamics, so I prefer this.”

Willkommen, Wolfgang!

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