DAVID SMITH - Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Eric Lichaj has signed a contract extension with English club Nottingham Forest, the team announced on Tuesday, a deal which will keep the defender at the club through the end of the 2016-17 season.
The Illinois-born outside back joined the East Midlands club on a free transfer during the summer of 2013, initially on a deal which would keep him at Forest through the end of the current season.
Having established himself as consistent contributor and regular starter in the back line, the club has opted to keep him around for a further two seasons.
"Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj has signed a new two-and-a-half year extension to his contract at The City Ground," the team announced through their website.
"The American full-back made his 50th appearance for The Reds against Birmingham on Sunday and has now decided to commit his long-term future to the club."
The former North Carolina Tarheel has played in all but two of Forest's games this season, starting 17 of their 24 league contests including their most recent six outings.
While the team has hit a bit of a rough patch during this time, with three draws and three losses in those games, they are still 10th in the League Championship standings. Their 31 points leaves them just nine points out of the promotion playoff with nearly half of the 46-game season left to play.
Lichaj has bounced around England since first joining Aston Villa's academy in 2008, and is arguably enjoying his most consistent run of play over the previous season-and-a-half at Forest.
He has been a spot contributor to the US national team, although has not donned the stars & stripes since November 2013.