Table tennis star Andrew Baggaley set for Bundesliga after London 2012

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ANDREW Baggaley may be fully focused on the Olympic Games, but his future beyond London has now been secured.

The five-time Commonwealth Games medallist will take on the world’s elite table tennis players next season after agreeing a one-year contract with German Bundesliga side SV Plunderhausen for 2012/13.

The 29-year-old has spent the last two years playing in the French League while earning his place in the three-man Great Britain team for London 2012.

Baggaley, who is currently out in China preparing for the Olympics, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to play for one of the most prestigious and successful clubs in Europe.

“It’s a really exciting time with the 2012 Games followed by my debut season in the German Bundesliga. It will be a great new challenge.”

The three-time English Men’s Singles National Champion has represented clubs in all of the best leagues in Europe. At the age 13 he became Britain’s youngest ever professional table tennis player by signing up to play in the Belgian National League, and has previous experience of playing in Germany, having moved to Bergneustadt when he was 16.

That was followed by successful spells in the top divisions of Sweden, Spain and France.

And Andrew won’t be the only Baggaley in the Bundesliga next season as brother Stephen will also join SV Plunderhausen as the team’s coach.

Stephen, who has been Andrew’s coach throughout his career, is the first British coach to be employed in Germany.