The Colorado Rapids are finalizing a long-term contract with holding midfielder Hendry Thomas, according to team president Tim Hinchey on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday. Details of the contract had not been released as the team sought final approval from the MLS league office late Tuesday.
It was no major surprise as Thomas had repeatedly been labeled by the team as a top priority after impressing in eight games (all starts) in 2012 after signing from English Premier League side Wigan F.C. in August.
A source over the summer had said that Thomas’ 2013 deal was not guaranteed – likely hinging on the amount of playing time Thomas received as he tries to work his way back into the Honduran national team.
But after making his Rapids debut August 31 against Portland, Thomas was a mainstay for Colorado the rest of the way, linking up with fellow holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz to help the Rapids finish 3-2-2 in their final seven games in 2012. Teammates regularly pointed to Thomas’ addition as one of the reasons for the team’s improved play.
Thomas has been looking to get back into the Honduran national team, and there are rumblings that he could soon return to Los Catrachos after an extended absence.
With his new deal, Thomas will almost certainly be receiving more money than the nearly $200,000 salary he had in 2012.
But for now, the Rapids are happy to have their tough-tackling midfielder back in the fold.