Norwich City are delighted to announce the signing of young central-midfielder William Hondermarck from Irish First Division side Drogheda United.
Hondermarck, 18, goes straight into the FA Youth Cup squad which travels to Preston on Tuesday night, having featured on the bench for the Under-23s in their game with Leicester City on Monday.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Hondermarck said: “It feels like a dream. To have the chance to be involved in an environment like this is amazing for me.
“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.
“I knew of Adam Idah before I joined because he has played a lot for Ireland in the past. The group here is so friendly and they’ve given me a really warm welcome.”
Hondermarck was born in France but moved to the Republic of Ireland when he was just five. He has spent the past couple of years with Drogheda where he put in an eye-catching display in a cup victory over Premier Division side Shamrock Rovers in August. The game was just his second senior appearance.
Speaking about his aims for the rest of the season, Hondermarck said: “Education is a big thing for me so I’m going to still be studying for my A-levels.
“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.”
And on potential FA Youth Cup involvement tomorrow night, Hondermarck says he is looking forward to being a part of such a prestigious competition.
“I’m very excited. I’ve watched the competition on television quite a lot and I know a lot about how well Norwich have done recently.
“I never imagined that I would be playing in it one day and to play in a proper stadium as well will be special. I’m so excited to be a part of it.”