When Nottingham Forest secured promotion to the English Premier League in May, Ethan Horvath celebrated the achievement, but he may also have realized the team’s successful rise to the top flight could make his securing time in much more difficult regular game.

That stark reality has become clear amid reports in recent weeks of Forest’s intention to add much-loved England goalkeeper Dean Henderson on loan. That, coupled with fresh reports of Forest’s plans to also add Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessy from Burnley, made it clear that Horvath would have to go elsewhere for game time.

That other location would apparently be English League Championship side Luton Town, with the Daily Telegraph reporting that Horvath is set to join the Hatters on a season-long loan.

Luton Town are in need of goalkeeper options due to the long-term absence of projected starter James Shea, who is recovering from a serious knee injury. The Hatters sold former starter Simon Sluga in January, but now that Shea is injured, Luton are looking to add depth to the recent signing of former Hibernian keeper Matt Macey.

Horvath made 10 appearances in all competitions for Nottingham Forest in the 2021-22 season, serving as the main substitute for Congolese goalkeeper Brice Samba. Forest are finalizing the sale of Samba to French club Lens, but with Henderson and Hennessy on the way, Horvath will now look to secure playing time with a Luton side who finished sixth in the League Championship last season.

Competing for a spot on the United States men’s national team for the World Cup is further motivation for Horvath, who finds himself in the open competition for spots on Gregg Berhalter’s team. Matt Turner has just completed his move to Arsenal, where he is expected to serve as Aaron Ramsdale’s main replacement, while Zack Steffen is expected to join Middlesbrough on loan to secure consistent playing time ahead of the World Cup.

Horvath put in a shaky performance for the USMNT in their Concacaf Nations League tie with El Salvador in June, giving up a poor goal in what ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a late equalizer from Jordan Morris.

Horvath’s performance against El Salvador hasn’t helped his case for a spot in the World Cup roster, but if he can earn regular starts for Luton he could dive back into a conversation that includes Steffen, Turner and New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

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