FC Köln confirmed a professional contract for German-American attacking prospect Damion Downs on Tuesday. The 18-year-old will draw a senior-team level salary from the summer onwards.
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The Werneck-native began his footballing career in the academy of nearby FC Schweinfurt. After a stint with Ingolstadt, Downs joined the Effzeh youths on a free in September of 2020. Downs recently scored a brace against the Schalke U19s in the German Junior DFB Pokal Final. A mixed heritage player with both German and American eligibility, Downs has earned call-ups to the German U19s and the USA U20s.
"Damion has continued to develop since signing for our U17," Köln licensing director Thomas Kessler noted in a statement, "Despite one or two setbacks at such a young age, he has proven his qualities with our very successful U19s this season. We are pleased that we can continue on this path together with Damion and are convinced that he can take the next steps towards professional soccer with our coaching team."
"I am absolutely delighted to have signed my first professional contract with FC," the player himself added, "Three years ago, I came to Cologne from Ingolstadt and I now feel right at home here. With the U19 DFB Cup victory and the signing, it's the best week of my life so far. I'll continue to give it my all to get Bundesliga appearances in the future."