DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Another American will spend the upcoming season in Denmark after Mike Lansing signed with Vejle BK.
The former Bucknell Bison had spent the last few weeks trying to find employment in the country, first making a positive impression at newly-promoted Superligaen club AC Horsens before finally landing with First Division team Vejle.
Lansing will be in a competition for minutes on the field with Slovakian keeper Pavol Bajza, who also trained with the team during the off-season and officially signed a contract nine days before the New Jersey native.
The team announced his signing on Saturday, and almost immediately had him in uniform to serve as the backup to Bajza in their season-opening 1-1 draw against Amager Fremad the following day.
The keeper continues the pipeline of former Bucknell Bisons to make the move to Denmark, following Conor O'Brien, who has spent multiple years as a starter in the country's top flight, and defender Mayowa Alli, who is currently playing in the Faroe Islands.
Lansing had already spent time at Vejle several years ago while still a college player, training with the team in their off-season in May, 2013 directly following his freshman season at Bucknell.
Vejle spent much of last season within shooting range of the division's three promotion spots, although fell off over the final weeks with two straight losses to close out the season sealing yet another season in the First Division.
The road to promotion will be considerably tougher this year, with only the division winner attaining automatic promotion, and the two teams finishing in second- and third-place forced to compete against Superligaen teams in a promotion/relegation playoff.