Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ethan Horvath has told Soccer America that he needs to be playing regularly during the 2022/23 campaign.
The American custodian will make a rare start when the USA take on El Salvador in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Horvath hasn’t kept goal for his country since a 4-0 win over Costa Rica in October 2021. Tomorrow morning he will be handed the chance to add to his seven caps.
With the World Cup on the horizon later this year, the 27-year-old has sent a defiant message to Forest boss Steve Cooper.
He has often been viewed as a second in command at the City Ground and Horvath is keen to ensure that isn’t the case next season.
The former Club Brugge man told Soccer America: “There is uncertainty and I don’t know 100% what will happen.
“Going into this summer period, my main objective is to play. With that World Cup coming round I just want to play, to be honest, I just want to feel that adrenaline and those butterflies.
“We’ll see what happens. We’re in close contact with Nottingham and whatever happens, happens there.
“The main objective is to play, with Nottingham or somewhere else.”
Horvath wants to play regularly but that looks unlikely at Forest
The American stopper was signed as a backup and that’s unlikely to change during next season in the Premier League.
Horvath was decent during the seven-game spell where he kept the gloves in the absence of Brice Samba but it would be a risk to play him in the Premier League.
It has to be said that the player is a model professional. He waited patiently for a chance to shine and when it came he did particularly well.
If Samba does leave though. Forest will likely target a new number one rather than promoting Horvath into the first-choice spot.
Forest look to have a decision to make over Horvath. Perhaps a loan move will be more likely during the summer as the player looks to play regularly ahead of the World Cup.
With Samba’s future up in the air, this doesn’t bode well for Forest and perhaps two new goalkeepers will be on the radar for the Reds in the coming weeks.