Norwich City forward Adam Idah recently signed a contract extension at the club, keeping him with the Canaries until June 2024.
Following the announcement, we caught up with Idah to get his feelings on the contract and ambitions moving forward.
canaries.co.uk: Congratulations, you’ve signed a new contract until 2024. How pleased are you?
AI: I’m over the moon and am so happy to put pen to paper. When I found out the news, I knew straight away that I wanted to extend my contract with the club because since I’ve come here I’ve loved every moment of it.
canaries.co.uk: You’ve been at the club since the age of 16. How would you sum up that time so far?
AI: Every year has been different and it’s been a good experience for me. I’ve developed a lot as a player and come up through every age group since I was 16. I still just want to get better and keep developing and I think this is the best place for me to do that.
canaries.co.uk: What other reasons do you want to continue your stay here?
AI: I love the club and it’s like a second family to me. Everyone’s been backing me since the minute I came here and it reminds me a lot of home. Norwich is so similar to Cork because everyone here is so friendly, not just at the club but out in public.
canaries.co.uk: How much do you think you’ve developed in your time here so far?
AI: I think I’ve developed a lot. Like I said, I’ve come up through all the ranks from being 16 to the first team. I still think that I can be a lot better and I’m sure Norwich is the right place for me to do that.
canaries.co.uk: Having come through the academy here, can you tell us about the role they’ve had in getting you to where you are now?
AI: They’ve been excellent to me and helped me a lot, not just in football, but as a person. They’ve helped me become a better person and I’m so grateful for them developing me to where I am now.
canaries.co.uk: How special is it to be playing for the first team having come through the academy teams?
AI: It’s a very special feeling because when you come here as a kid that’s everything that you want to do - playing at Carrow Road with the first team. Luckily enough for me, I can do that now and want to thank all the coaches for getting me here. I want to keep getting better and develop.
canaries.co.uk: Give us an insight into what it’s like being a young player at Norwich City. There have been so many come through the academy over the years.
AI: They’re great to young people. You can see with the likes of Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis, they’ve come up through the ranks and you can see where they are now. For every young person, they can see this club as a great opportunity to get in the first team and that’s very good for us. Once you get in that first team, everyone’s so nice to you and you can develop a lot when you’re in and around it, so it’s really good.
canaries.co.uk: Tell us a bit about your relationship with the boss and how much of an influence he’s had on your development over the last 18 months.
AI: My relationship with the boss is very good. He’s given me chances in the first team and I’m very grateful for that. He’s great, not just to me but all of us and we love working under him. We’re doing good this season so we just want to keep that going.
canaries.co.uk: You’ve been out injured this season, but how impressed are you with how everyone has adapted to bouncing back from last season?
AI: Very impressed. It was a disappointing end to last season and we had to reflect on it and bounce back this season, and we’re doing that very well. Obviously, we had a few injuries not so long ago and the team did very well to get some top results, so we have to keep going and get as many points as we can.
canaries.co.uk: Can you give us an update on your injury situation?
AI: I’m recovering really well. We thought I’d be back sometime in February, but as it stands now I should be back mid-January.
canaries.co.uk: What can we expect from you in the next few years?
AI: I just want to keep developing and getting better as a player. That’s why I’m spending my time here. Let’s see what comes.