Former Dundee defender Thomas Konrad urged new Dundee United signing Benjamin Siegrist to make the switch to the City of Discovery – even if it meant joining the wrong club.
The German central defender spent two enjoyable years with the Dark Blues from 2014 to 2016 and has just left Swiss second-tier side Vaduz.
He spent his two seasons with the Liechtenstein-based club with new Tannadice signing Siegrist and says the Tangerines have got themselves a keeper – though he’d have preferred him to have signed for the Dark Blues instead.
Konrad said: “He asked me a lot about my time in Dundee and said United had called him. I said ‘if you can do it, sign’.
“It’s a really good club – even if it’s the rival of my team! I’d prefer if he signed for Dundee but it’s still a good club.
“United have got a good goalkeeper in him. He’s massive, really tall and his English is perfect so that won’t be a problem.
“He’s good on the ball and can pass well. Even under pressure you can pass him the ball and he can deal with it, he’s calm and experienced. He’s dominant in the box, too, and comes for crosses.
“At Vaduz there were two goalkeepers and they switched all the time but I really enjoyed playing when Benjamin was in goal.”
Konrad is considering offers from Holland and Germany but says he’d be happy to return to Scotland.
“I would go back to Scotland, I really enjoyed my two years there, though I’ve not had any options there. If there was a good offer I would go back.
“A year ago at Vaduz we were relegated and weren’t able to go back up last campaign.
“We had a poor start to the season with basically a new team. You could compare it to Dundee United’s season in the Championship. There was one team that had a good start and just kept winning.
“It was nice in Vaduz, a good place to play. I can’t compare it to Scotland, though.
“The fans in Dundee were mad for football and the stadiums were great. I don’t know if the fans in Vaduz and Switzerland don’t like football much but it isn’t the No 1 sport and it was really calm in the stadiums.”
That’s something he couldn’t say about derby days in Dundee – some of his best memories of his time at Dens Park.
“I had the two best years of my career at Dundee.
“The derby win after 10 or 11 years and beating them at home was great.
“The first game at Celtic Park was also a good memory. It is a really famous stadium, even in Germany.
“All the derby wins were really good experiences and I feel really proud to have been a part of those games.
“I like the rivalry in Dundee. It’s not a nasty rivalry compared with some places in Germany, there’s no fighting, but a lot of banter and people have a bit of a laugh about it.
“I still keep an eye on Dundee. Unfortunately there are not many players left from when I was there.
“Maybe Gowser, Cammy and Craig Wighton. I still speak to Scott Bain and Nick Ross, too.”
It was a mixed experience for Konrad working under manager Paul Hartley at Dens Park, however.
“Paul Hartley was hard but fair, I would say.
“He had his players, his top players who he would speak to all the time.
“He wasn’t always easy, sometimes he would shout at me and Luka Tankulic for no reason but it was football, you live with that.
“He played me 69 times in two years so I can’t complain.”