New deal for Mertesacker
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ewald Lienen, who replaced Ralf Rangnick earlier this year, handed the German Under-20 international defender a first-team spot upon his appointment.
The 19-year-old settled in immediately and played a vital role in the 96ers managing to secure Bundesliga survival.
There were also new deals for striker Daniel Stendel and keeper Marc Ziegler, with both players extending their contracts for two more years until 2006.