3 years ago
Norwich City are delighted to announce that Onel Hernandez has signed a new contract with the Club, extending his stay at Carrow Road until June 2023.
Hernandez, 26, joined the Canaries back in January 2018 and has made 40 appearances since then, including scoring nine goals in all competitions.
Speaking exclusively to canaries.co.uk, he said: “It feels amazing to sign a new contract with the Club. It was a very special season and for Stuart and the boss [Daniel Farke] to put their trust and belief in me going forward, it’s a great feeling.
“When I first arrived, I could only say one word in English but the players that we have including Tom [Trybull], Marco [Stiepermann] and Mario [Vrancic] all speak my language so it helped me a lot to settle in. The rest of the boys were great too and have helped with my English.
“Throughout the season, there was togetherness in the changing rooms, training ground and everywhere around you. Everyone supported each other including the players that weren’t much involved on the pitch which was incredible and a massive part of the team’s success.
“I have never lifted a trophy in my life and to lift it in front of all the fans and them celebrating with us, the feeling was incredible. You can never forget those memories and I will have them for the rest of my life.”
After reflecting on the memorable title-winning season, Onel is looking forward to fulfilling his dream of playing in the Premier League.
“Before I came to England, it was a dream of mine to compete in this league so for me to achieve it with Norwich, I feel very happy and proud. The Premier League is the toughest league in the world so I know I will have to work hard to achieve my targets of creating more goals and assists for the team.
“The whole club has worked so hard for this and now we can show everyone that even though Norwich is a small place, it’s a big club.”
Hernandez’s first game will mark a milestone in the history of the competition as he will become the first footballer from Cuba to play in England’s top tier.
“Football in Cuba is not so big like other sports such as basketball but after winning the Championship, I had so many messages from people back home saying they are very proud of me and for me it was crazy to see. I’m very proud to be the first Cuban player ever to play in the Premier League,” added Onel.
“We have a few weeks left but I’m buzzing to start pre-season and I can’t wait to come back to the training ground to catch up with all the lads.”