HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls have decided to bring back English defender Tom Edwards back for this Major League Soccer season, the club announced on Thursday.

Edwards’ contract will be with the team on a year-long loan, pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate. He will occupy an international spot.

“We are thrilled to bring Tom back to New York,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Bringing him back was a priority of ours at the beginning of the offseason because of the quality he has both on and off the field.”

Edwards, 23, had a strong first season with the Red Bulls in 2021. The Stoke City defender logged 1,958 minutes over 27 games and 25 starts. He helped anchor a New York defense to eight clean sheets. Edwards recorded two assists, both of which came in wins.

“I am pleased to have Tom back with the squad,” head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “Not only does he have top quality on the field but he is great to have in our locker room. Tom’s warrior mentality will be helpful for us this year.”

Last season the 5-8, 170-lb. Edwards showed his versatility, as he featured at right back, center back and central defensive midfielder while the team was hit with injuries.

Edwards recorded 51 appearances, one goal and one assist across all competitions for Stoke City’s senior team. He was recently loaned to Fleetwood Town, an English League One squad, and played 920 minutes in his 12 appearances across all competitions. Edwards helped anchor a Fleetwood Town side to three clean sheets.