THE investment group which acquired significant shareholding in Dunfermline Athletic last year have reaffirmed their commitment to the club and their hope of a "bright future together".

DAFC Fussball GmbH, consisting of Hamburg-based quartet Thomas Meggle, Damir Keretic, Nick Teller and Dr. Albrecht Gundermann, secured 30 per cent of the football club's shares in a deal announced on September 1.

In a move that the Pars described as a "very exciting move in terms of the future strategic development of our club", it has also given the investors the option of being able to acquire a further 45.1 per cent by May 31 2022.

If they exercise that option, they will also hold an option to purchase the company which owns East End Park by May 2024.

Chairman, Ross McArthur, described the group as "hugely impressive" who would help give Athletic "an infrastructure", such as looking at creating their own training facility.

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Due to COVID-19, the investors haven't been able to travel to Dunfermline so far, and released a statement this morning to update fans on their work since their involvement was announced.

"It has now been already six months since DAFC Fussball GmbH made the first step of its commitment to DAFC by acquiring a 30% stake in the club," they said.

"As you recall we made this interim step (on the way to a 75.1 per cent majority holding) to show our commitment to the future of DAFC in spite of the massive ongoing Corona crisis affecting all walks of life, not just football.

"Sadly, we have not been able to travel to Scotland since then and therefore have also had to delay many of the plans we had for the club, to a time when things return to some form of normality.

"As we said from the beginning we want to spend a significant amount of time in Dunfermline and don’t believe in being “absentee owners”. Clearly not being able to travel is frustrating for us - on the other hand the club has a rich history dating back to 1885 so we can be patient and await the post Covid world and get started when circumstances allow.

"We have meanwhile been in close contact with all members of the club's board and have thus been able to familiarise ourselves well with the club and the environment it operates in.

"We are deeply sorry that the club has recently faced a Covid penetration of its bubble, leading to the recent match postponements and we wish all affected parties all the very best indeed.

"Rest assured we remain committed to DAFC, and a bright future together. We have already had the opportunity to speak to a number of parties connected to our club remotely and we have thoroughly enjoyed that interaction.

"We look forward to being able to spend time together in person just as soon as the situation allows, speaking to our valued staff and volunteers, individual supporters and clubs, along with our many sponsors.

"Please stay safe and thank you for everyone’s continued contribution to our club."