Idah inks new deal with Norwich
Irish teenager Adam Idah has been given a new contract, and the promise of a place in the first team squad at Norwich City for the new Premier League season, as a reward for missing out on Ireland duty.
The Ireland U-19s fly out to Armenia on Tuesday for the European Championship finals, their first game is against Norway on Monday week.
But boss Tom Mohan will be without some of his key players as clubs like Stoke City (Nathan Collins), Manchester United (Lee O'Connor), Tottenham (Troy Parrott) and West Ham (Conor Coventry) have not released their players, and as the tournament does not fall during official FIFA dates, the FAI cannot insist on having the players.
Norwich also said they want to keep Idah (18) from travelling as he will be part of their first team squad, the Cork lad has just signed of a new deal which will keep him at Carrow Road until 2023.
Idah was not included at first when Norwich released their first team squad numbers for their return to the Premier League but the Canaries confirmed yesterday that he will wear No. 35.
"I'm delighted to sign a new deal here. The moment they offered me a new contract, I knew straight away that I wanted to sign it," Idah said.
"I've loved every minute here so I'm delighted. My form last season was great and I've worked very hard to get myself to where I am now," added Idah, who impressed on U-21 international duty with Ireland in the Toulon tournament last month.
"After Toulon, I got given the news that I would be training with the first team. I was told it would be for the first few days but the other day, I was told it would be permanently," he added.
"I've definitely had to pinch myself at points. A week ago, when I was at home and packing my bags to come here, it didn't seem real.
Idah admits he needs time to adapt to the switch from training with the academy to the demands of the first team squad.
"It's been tough, I won't lie," he added. "But I think I'm slowly getting used to things now as it's already been three days. Wednesday was my first day on the pitch and it was tough but I've been enjoying it."
Norwich begin their pre-season with a tour of Germany.