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Luke Mulholland set for Real Salt Lake return, signs new contract

The Englishman is back.

MLS: New England Revolution at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Mulholland is coming back to Real Salt Lake for a sixth season, the club announced today in an Instagram Live story.

Mulholland, 30, joined RSL in 2014 after strong seasons with Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2012 and 2013; he was named to the NASL Team of the Year for his contributions in both seasons.

In a live video with club TV reporter Samantha Yarock, Mulholland indicated he had signed at least a contract with at least a one-year guarantee, presumably with one or two option years thereafter.

“I’d just like to announce that I’ve re-signed with the team, you’ve got me for one more year at least,” he said in the live video.

“As you guys know, last year was a difficult year for me with my first major injury. It was a difficult season, a tough one, and then obviously I was able to make a full recovery by the end of the season and get back into the lineup.

The announcement isn’t terribly surprising. RSL general manager Craig Waibel indicated earlier that the club was working to bring back Mulholland, and this brings that full circle.

In a club-issued release, RSL general manager Craig Waibel described Mulholland as a “veteran presence.”

“Luke has been an important part of our locker room for the last five years. He is a veteran presence on the field that can play in multiple roles, which is important to us,” Waibel said. “He not only is a valuable player on the field and in the locker room, but really represents the club well in the community and we’re glad to have him back.”