Lewis still talking deal with Preston
Eddie Lewis is set to be a busy man for club and country over the next few months, in what promises to be a busy schedule in 2005. Lewis, who remains in contract extension talks and is a free agent this summer, is part of Bruce Arena's national team for next week's World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago. Lewis has not signed a new deal with Preston North End, and is having a fine "contract year" this season-scoring four goals and serving his club well in their run to seventh in the Championship. At 30 years of age, this may be the last big contract Lewis signs in his career - and his problematic time at Fulham likely has left the winger with a desire to prove himself in the Premiership before he retires. But in an interview with Preston's website, Lewis has kept the chance of re-signing with the Lancashire side a high probability. "I have been back and forth with my agent," said Lewis, "and all that has been going really well. I'm just kind of letting them do their thing, and concentrating on trying to keep us in the playoffs. "All along I have been trying to get it all squared away, I know there hasn't been a massive rush which is good. I don't think that there is an immediate rush right away, I think both ends want to get it sorted out and I am sure it will." In his third season with Preston, Lewis remains a constant in the starting lineup unless sidelined with an injury. Lewis is also a regular in the national team picture, although normally not as a starter. But with the labor difficulties that stunted training for the national team leading up to the qualifier next week, Lewis may get the nod in Arena's midfield.