Norwegian defender Erik Fuglestad joined Norwich in the autumn
of 1997 from Viking Stavanger on a Bosman style free transfer.
His career began with Randaberg. A Norwegian Under 21 international,
he was called into a warm-up squad for the Norwegian World Cup
squad but failed to make the final 22.
In December 1999, Erik's name was circulated to Norwegian clubs
in the hope that one of them might purchase him for a small fee
rather than Norwich lose out when he became available on a Bosman
free transfer at the end of the season. In addition to clubs from
Norway, Danish side Brondby were also rumoured to be interested.
Ironically this decision was made just before Erik reclaimed a
place in the Norwich first team for the 2-1 victory over West
Bromwich Albion on 4th December 1999.
In March 2000, Teamtalk
reported that "Erik Fuglestad is reportedly attracting interest
from two unnamed clubs in the Premiership, a Scottish club and
his old club Viking Stavanger." In April 2000, Erik's contract
was canceled and he returned to Norway joining Viking on a short
term contract for the remainder of the English season (until 21
May 2000). A further contract was signed in June 2000 to last
until October 2000. Belgian club Lokeren were also said to be
interested in signing Erik. In October 2000, Erik signed an extension
to his contract that would see him remain with Viking until the
end of the 2002 season. In July 2002, the UnOfficial
Football Transfers website reported that Erik might move to
Norwegian side Brann on a Bosman free transfer
Erik Fuglestad has had to retire from the game following the
kidney disease that he got in the 2004 season and which have made
him able to enter the field of play again. He is now studying
for his coaching diploma and will coach for Viking FK's junior
team as well as working in the club's commercial department.
An attempted comeback with home club Randaberg I.L. in 2007 was
cut short as Fuglestad's kidney illness returned, and he announced
his retirement on August 7, 2007.
Ahead of the 2008 season he went from being coach of Viking FK's
junior team to player developer in Bryne FK.
In 2012 he became the head coach of Norwegian third division
side Randaberg IL