Football Fern Abby Erceg has signed a new deal with her North Carolina Courage franchise, committing the defender to a two-year contract extension with an option for a third year in 2024.
The 32-year-old Whangarei-born player has been an integral part of the Courage’s success in the NWSL Championship, captaining them to back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.
Erceg, who has played 146 full internationals for New Zealand, has also helped Courage to three NWSL Shields, the 2018 Women’s ICC Championship, and the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup Championship.
Courage head coach Sean Nahas told the franchise’s website:
“The re-signing of Abby is very well-deserved and is great for our club.
“She has been a staple for us and someone who has always held the standards of what it takes to be a Courage player.
“As a club, we wanted to make sure we were able to have her here long term to continue to build on the foundation she has already helped to create.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue to work with her and have her be a part of something bigger moving forward.”
Erceg has represented New Zealand at four Olympic Games (Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020) and four Women’s World Cups (China 2007, Germany 2011, Canada 2015, France 2019).
The former Mt Roskill Grammar School student played for Three Kings United, Western Springs and Fencibles United before starting a career abroad with clubs. in Australia, Germany and the United States.