He's been lacing up his boots for the Hertha youth teams for twelve years, and for twelve years he has embodied the values of this club more than anybody. He has been a role model for so many youngsters in the academy – and now Rico Morack's time at Hertha BSC is at an end. The 33-year-old will leave Hertha at the end of the season to pursue a new challenge. "Our sincerest thanks go to Rico Morack for his impeccable attitude and the performances he's put in. For many years, Rico has been a role model for all of us with his passion, discipline and great character, both on and off the pitch. We wish him all the best in the future in his career and his personal live," said academy director Benjamin Weber. Morack received an official send-off from Weber and Frank Vogel, head of the Hertha BSC academy, at the U23 team's final training session of the year on Wednesday (12/05/21). "I've had an unbelievable time with Hertha BSC. I've gotten to know so many great people over the years and we've had a ton of unforgettable moments out on the pitch. It's been outstanding," said the defender himself.
Second division experience and always a helping hand
The Berlin-born Morack arrived at the Hertha academy at the age of 15 back in 2003 before progressing through the age groups in the capital. He lead the U17 and U19 teams as captain. After six years away from the club, in which he collected 2. Bundesliga experience with TuS Koblenz, the two-footed defender returned home in 2015. In the seven years since, the man who Ante Čović labelled as our 'academy helper' has played 112 games in the Regionalliga Nordost. The centre-back has scored four goals and provided two assists in blue and white. Notably, Morack has always been a champion of fair play. The defender did not see a single red card in those 112 appearances – further evidence of the unquestionable attitude shown by Rico Morack on and off the pitch.