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The contract of the 26-year-old forward will expire in the November break. Andrew Ebbett does not yet know whether Luoto will stay with the Bears beyond that date.

Joona Luoto
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"We have the option to extend his contract until the end of the season, Andrew Ebbett tells Kristian Kapp of the Berner Zeitung. "The decision is still pending. But you could see so far that Joona's consistency and his game fit well with Jussi Tapola's ideas."

Luoto has appeared in 16 games for SC Bern, recording seven goals and four assists. Ebbett might, however, also have to look at another dossier as well: Martin Frk's. He has been a healthy scratch as of late and has not received a lot of opportunities to play.

"It's a difficult situation for all of us. Martin is not only a top player, but also an absolute team player," Ebbett states, "But of course he's frustrated when he can't play. We all understand that." The team manager adds that they will now wait until the November break in order to evaluate the situation: "Should it not change, we might have to look for a solution."

( 26 October 2023 | mso )