Norwich City are delighted to announce that Under-23s player Andrew Omobamidele has signed his first professional contract with the club.
The 17-year old centre-back has been at the club since July 2018, progressing through the Under-18s to the Under-23s, where he currently plays.
Omobamidele has played four games for the U18s and six for the U23s so far this season, serving as a reliable centre-half for development squad head coach David Wright.
Speaking on signing his first professional contract, Omobamidele said that he’s achieved his first objective since moving to England from the Republic of Ireland and wants to continue working hard, not stopping there.
“It’s an amazing feeling, it’s what I came to England to do, work hard and try get my first professional contract and it’s came so I’m very excited, ready to go again,” he said.
“I definitely worked hard to be where I am. I don’t think age really matters, I think once you’re able to play at a level, age doesn’t change anything. I have been working really hard, trying to string performances together and all stuff surrounding that.”
Recently, Akin Famewo signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the Club and moved to first-team training.
Discussing his relationship with U23s skipper Famewo, Omobamidele says he sees the older players around him as role models.
“I definitely see the older players around me as role models, especially Akin after he’s recently just gone up to train with the first team and doing his thing there, also because he’s in my position. Watching him play, playing alongside him it’s improving me, even the likes of Louis Lomas and those players that are older than me, they just help improve me so much.”
“I don’t really focus on anything else but what I think, football’s a game of opinions. Some people might have a negative opinion, some positive, so I just try to do my own thing and do the things the coaches want out of me and replicate that training on the pitch.”
Looking ahead to the future, Omobamidele said: “My future vision is to definitely be sat over there in the first-team canteen, with all the first-team boys, it’s my end goal right now. I’m really excited to get on this new adventure with my first professional contract.”