Socceroo defender and late bloomer, Tarek Elrich, will remain with Adelaide United for another three seasons after signing a one-year extension to his current contract.
The Reds secured the Elrich until the end of the 2017/18 season completing a dramatic rise for the 28-year-old.
Elrich was released by Western Sydney Wanderers at the end of the 2012/13 season before being picked up by Adelaide United where his performances led to his senior international debut in March.
“It feels really good to extend my contract for another year,” Elrich said.
“We’ve been talking about extending my contract for a while now and we wanted to sort it out before Michael (Petrillo) left and he’s been a big help in the process.
“I’ve really been enjoying my time here in Adelaide and I’ve now been part of the Socceroos squad as well and to have the security of my club football with United leading into a World Cup is massive.
“Now I’ll continue to focus on my football and playing my absolute best week-in, week-out, giving myself the best chance of being in contention of that Socceroos squad and helping the team domestically.
Elrich joined the Reds in July 2013. His A-League 2014/15 goal of the year - an incredible solo effort against Melbourne City - went viral.
“There are a few reasons why I’ve decided to extend and, like I said, I’m loving living in Adelaide and it’s a great city to be based while playing football,” Elrich said.
“Also, now that I’m fighting for a place in the national team, I want to stay there. Ange (Postecoglou) has a lot of confidence in selecting players that are playing well in the A-League and I want to continue with that.
“I’m fortunate because I have a great bunch of boys around me, and my partner is now living here too and she’s loving life in Adelaide.
“Football is a part of life that you can never predict, but to have my club football secured at a great club that plays great football for the next three seasons is massive and I want to be successful here.
“I’m looking forward to going away with the Socceroos and hopefully getting a spot in the starting XI against Jordan (in Amman).
“Then, when I come back, I’ll be aiming to play the football I know I can play and I’ll continue to push myself and get better and better because I’m an incredibly harsh critic of my performances and know I can improve.”
The Reds’ Chief Executive Officer, Michael Petrillo, praised the re-signing of Elrich.
“It shows the confidence that a player of Tarek's calibre has in the football program that we now have in place at the club,” Petrillo said.
“Tarek has been a great example of a player who has come back from a low point in their career a couple of years back to re-establish himself as the premier full-back in the competition through hard work, perseverance, and determination.
“He's a person with the type of character that everyone in the club looks up to and that exemplifies the attitude of this playing group."comments