Fleetwood defender Nilsson joins top Norwegian club

Fleetwood Town's Marcus Nilsson
Fleetwood Town's Marcus Nilsson

Fleetwood Town defender Marcus Nilsson has joined Norwegian side Stabeak for an undisclosed fee.

The Gazette reported earlier this week that Nilsson was expected to leave the club this summer and the club has just confirmed today that the Swede is returning to Scandinavia

The 28-year-old defender played eleven times at Highbury after arriving from Swedish club Kalmar in February.

Fleetwood exercised an option to extend the defender’s stay for another year in June but following interest from a number of Scandinavian clubs Nilsson has been allowed to leave the club and has opted to join Stabeak who compete in Norway’s top division the Tippeligaen.

Nilsson wishes the club all the best for the future.

He said: “I want to thank everyone at Fleetwood Town for the months I spent there.

“It was an honour to be part of a great club, I wish everyone there all the best for the future.”

Fleetwood are currently on a tour of Holland ahead of the new season starting on August 6, and Technical Director Gretar Steinsson says it’s a deal which benefits both sides.

He said: “There was a lot of interest from overseas in Marcus, particularly from some top clubs in Scandinavia.

“We are glad to get a deal done which suits both parties, we’d like to thank him for his professionalism and wish him well for the future.”