Toronto FC academy product Doneil Henry has completed his move to Premier League side West Ham United.
Henry, 21, officially joined the Hammers from Cypriot First Division club Apollon Limassol after signing for them from TFC and then being loaned back the Ontario outfit before joining West Ham for an undisclosed fee.
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The Canadian international has signed a long-term deal for Sam Allardyce’s squad and is excited to get started in the PL after cutting his teeth in Major League Soccer over the past four years.
“It feels good to be given the opportunity to come and train and see what it’s like to be part of a Premier League team and I just want to get started and get into the team real soon,” Henry said. “I had a really good relationship with Ryan Nelsen and I always wanted to see what it was like to play at another level, the highest level, and I got the opportunity to come over here. Since then, I was just hoping to come back and now it’s happened, I want it to continue on and keep playing.”
Henry’s hard-nosed mentality will suit the Hammers, as the towering central defender gave some more insight into his mentality as a player.
“I love a tackle and I just want to defend hard,” Henry said. “I take pride in my clean sheets with the back line and with the ‘keeper.”
With Winston Reid’s contract situation still not sorted out at Upton Park, Henry may get a chance to play in the PL towards the end of this season but will be around for a long time to make an impact in east London. Joining a team in the top 10 of the PL and who are moving to London’s Olympic Stadium in the coming years is certainly a step up for a player who was raw but impressive for Toronto in recent seasons.