HIFK caught a player from Tappara

Oskari Manninen is moving to Helsinki.

Oskari Manninen will join HIFK. Jaakko Stenroos/AOP

SM league player Oskari Manninen moves to the ranks of Helsinki IFK, the club announces in the message service X.

Earlier on Friday, Tappara had announced that he had terminated the player contract with Manninen. Moments later, HIFK said they had acquired Manninen.

Manninen, 32, signed a contract with HIFK for the rest of the season. Manninen, who operates as a defender, will be in HIFK’s lineup against Sport tomorrow, Saturday.

– We needed a defender who can help us right away. The defensive head’s absences will affect until February and we are satisfied that we reached an agreement with Oskar, HIFK’s sports director Tobias Salmelainen said in the club’s press release.

HIFK said after Christmas that Petteri Lindbohm, Luke Martin, Kasper Kotkansalo and Einari Luhanka are on the sidelines due to injuries.

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Manninen, who is from Vantaa, moved to Tapparaa for this season, but ended up terminating the contract due to a reduced role. Manninen played 29 matches in kirvesbrinto with a score of 1+5.

Manninen played four seasons in Koovola’s KooKoo before moving to Tappara. In addition to KooKoo and Tappara, he has represented Sport, HPK and Jokeri at the SM league level. In his most efficient SM league season, Manninen has scored 8+12 power points, which were created in the 2016–2017 season.

Earlier this week, HIFK signed a striker Vincent Marleau. HIFK is third in the SM league.