Norwich City striker Adam Idah admits he is loving life with the Canaries as he takes on Europe’s finest young talents.
The prolific frontman is currently representing the Republic of Ireland at the UEFA Under-17 European Championship being held in England.
The Boys in Green qualified for the quarter-finals last week after finishing second in Group C. Idah scored their second goal in the crucial 2-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday to secure qualification to the knockout phase.
His performances at the Championships come as no surprise after a number of impressive displays for City's youth sides this year.
Reflecting on a successful season with the Canaries, Idah said: “I’m loving it at Norwich. I have played [for the] Under-18s throughout the season, and I have played a couple of games for the Under-23s.
“At the moment, it has been very successful for me, I won Under-18s Player of the Year and Academy Player of the Year so the season has been very good.
“Hopefully when I go back next season I will have a good start again.”
Having also pitted his wits against Belgium and Denmark at the tournament, Ireland will face the Netherlands in Monday’s quarter-final (7pm kick-off).
With an opportunity to showcase himself against the continent’s toughest opposition, Idah believes the experience can help him push on when he returns to Carrow Road.
He explained: “We have to play against the best players in Europe, so that will help me a lot. But I have got to go back in pre-season and just do the best I can.”
Having downed Bosnia, and in the process pipped them to a berth in the knockout stages, Idah could not contain his joy.
“I am delighted, as a team everybody performed well and for myself getting the goal was great to get the relief.
“At the start of the tournament I was not getting goals but to score there was unbelievable, I just feel proud.”
In attendance at the National Football Centre was former Norwich manager Martin O’Neill, and the presence of the current Ireland men’s senior team boss gave Idah added motivation.
“For the whole team, it’s a brilliant boost. To see your first team manager there watching you play is a great feeling.“