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Friday 19 April 2019

Irish teen to fly high with the Canaries

MOVE: William Hondermarck. Photo: SPORTSFILE
MOVE: William Hondermarck. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Irish prospect William Hondermarck says his transfer to Championship side Norwich City from Drogheda United is a “dream move”.

But the French-born teenager, who has lived in Ireland since the age of five and is eligible for the Republic, plans to keep up his studies as well as his football career.

Hondermarck moves to Carrow Road after a successful spell with Drogheda and has already bedded in at Norwich as he was involved in last night’s FA Youth Cup game against Preston.

“It feels like a dream. To have the chance to be involved in an environment like this is amazing for me,” said the 18-year-old.

“I’ve had a really successful trial period here. It’s been hard work with the quality and double sessions, but I’ve enjoyed every minute so far.

“Education is a big thing for me, so I’m going to still be studying.

“I really want to settle into life here at Norwich and get a feel for the people here. But I want to focus on getting a good education as well,” he added.

Hondermarck had a spell at Shelbourne when he was 16 but managed to work his way into the first team at Drogheda following his move there, catching the eye in a shock FAI Cup win over Shamrock Rovers last season and attracting cross-channel interest.

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