Adelaide snap up Elrich for another two years

Adelaide United have signed Tarek Elrich for a further two-seasons, with the defender admitting coach Josep Gombau was a major factor in his decision to stay.

Elrich was set to come off contract at the end of this season but has enjoyed something of a renaissance at the Reds.

The 27-year-old, who is in career best form, will now stay at United until the end of the 2016/17 A-league season.

“It’s great that the club and coach give you confidence as a player,” Elrich said.

“As long as I am enjoying my football and the fact that Josep is making me feel very welcome, it gives me confidence again as a player. And as long as he is here, I was happy to stay.”

After securing a place in the FFA Cup Final, Elrich admitted landing silverware for the club was among his main objectives.

“As a player and being here, silverware is the main thing on my list,” he said.

“We’ve had a good start and even though it’s still early days, for me it’s about making Adelaide one of the best teams in the league.

“And with the coaching staff and players we’ve got here, and hopefully a few of the boys who are out of contract remain, we can build a great club.”

The man behind Elrich’s rejuvenation as a player, Gombau, was excited by the prospect of coaching Elrich for a further two-seasons.

“I am so happy that he extended his contract,” Gombau said.

“He is a player that provides to us a lot of things. He can play different positions and as a person his role in the changerooms is very important.

“I am very satisfied he has accepted our offer and he is a very good addition to our club for the next two seasons.