Norwich City defender Andrew Omobamidele has signed a new contract with the Canaries, keeping him with the club until the summer of 2024.
This season, the 18-year-old Irishman has helped the Norwich City U23s team to have one of the best defensive records in Premier League 2.
Omobamidele has also linked up with Daniel Farke’s first-team squad since the turn of the year.
Joining the Canaries as a 16-year-old from Irish side Leixlip United, Omobamidele progressed quickly through the Academy’s age groups, making his Under-23s debut aged 17.
The centre-half then became a mainstay in David Wright’s side throughout the 2019-2020 season.
Discussing his new contract, Omobamidele said: “It’s a great feeling, it’s something I came here to do. I signed one this time last year and I wasn’t satisfied, every year I want to keep extending and extending, it’s a great feeling to finally get it done.
“I think that’s the beauty of this club, the opportunities are there, it’s just down to the individual to take it when it’s there.”
Having been involved with the first-team on a regular basis, the young centre-half is making the most of his time with defenders like club captain Grant Hanley, Christoph Zimmermann, and Ben Gibson, saying he is learning from them in all areas to better his own game.
He added: “For any academy player the first-team is the goal, that’s where you want to be playing. You want to be playing at Carrow Road in front of all of the fans, so even being involved in training and the matchday squads has been great.
“I’m picking little bits off each player, just trying to get more knowledge of the game and the way they act on and off the pitch.
“All three are great, veteran players. They all have had those experiences both in the past and even now. Coming up as a young centre-back, it’s great on the pitch and off the pitch, in training, in meetings and in the hotels. I’m analysing, watching how they act.”
Academy head of football development, Steve Weaver, spoke fondly of the defender, saying: “Andrew’s played a lot of Under-23s football and came back after pre-season growing into his body. His performances at U23s level have been excellent.
“It’s a reward for his acceleration. Sometimes young lads come back and look as if they’re flying and Andrew’s been that.
“His performances have been very good, especially in the Papa John’s Trophy, when he’s come up against some big lads.
“He’s been in and around the first-team on merit, so that’s a really pleasing thing.”