Piták leaves ‘Bulls’ for Czech club

Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Karel Piták said he agreed with FK Jablonec bosses on a two-year contract.The 30-year-old Czech midfielder suffered a cruciate ligament rupture around one year ago and only performed in one league match for the Austrian champions last season.He joined the “Bulls” – who recently signed Argentine Gonzalo Zarate from Grashoppers Zurich and Austrian national team star Jakob Jantscher from Sturm Graz – from Slavia Prague in 2006.Piták will be a teammate of former Austria Vienna striker David Lafata at Jablonec who finished the 2009/2010 Gambrinus liga season in second.Magna Wiener Neustadt’s Czech defender Petr Johana is meanwhile on trial at Czech first-league club Mladá Boleslav. The 34-year-old was offered a new contract by Magna Wiener Neustadt bosses, but said he planned to return to his home country due to personal reasons.Magna Wiener Neustadt finished the ten-team Austrian Bundesliga season in fifth.Promoted second-league champions Wacker Innsbruck said they were optimistic about staying in the Bundesliga next season.Manager Walter Kogler said he signed Czech defender Tomas Abraham from FC Slovácko, Austrian midfielder Ernst Öbster from New York Red Bulls and Slovenian striker Miran Burgič from Swedish side AIK Solna.LASK Linz, who came seventh last season, meanwhile announced former Austrian national team keeper Thomas Mandl will join them from second-league club Admira. Red Bull Salzburg ace Alexaner Zickler and Austria Lustenau star Daniel Sobkova also signed contracts with the team of Helmut Kraft.The 2010/2011 Austrian Bundesliga season starts on the weekend of 17 July.