Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday June 26 2009
Hendry Thomas is currently spending time with his family and is thoroughly enjoying every moment of his hard earned holidays. He is spending time in his house with his wife and kids, waiting for the final word that will take him on his dream journey - England, and the Premier League, and Wigan Athletic.
Whilst keen not to get carried away, his move appears to be getting ever closer and he has finally spoken out about a move abroad.
Thomas confessed that his bags are packed, that he is ready at any moment to board a plane when the phone rings, keen to cross the Atlantic to begin his European adventure.
"I can not deny that I am excited. There are nights when I lie awake thinking of at time when I will be in England training, playing and building my career. I have many dreams and I have no doubt that I will reach them because I'm going to continue working with sacrifice and humility."
He recently won the title with club side, Olympia, where Maynor Figueroa played before his move to Wigan, and despite some difficulties on the international stage, he still feels that we will be seeing Honduras at the World Cup in South Africa next summer.
"I've seen all the criticism that the team has received, but I want to tell people that we will improve and do not forget that in the end the most important thing is that we are in the World Cup in South Africa, no matter how we get there."
In addition to recent work permit issues over a move to European football, Thomas has suffered an unsuccessful trial with French club, Toulouse in the past. He insists though that this was simply part of the learning curve, and that his next voyage to Europe will be a different case altogether.
"I'm very calm. When I left Honduras for the first time to go to France I was very nervous, but this time not because I trust in God that everything will be okay."
Rumours first circulated in the press of a move to Wigan Athletic when the Honduran was approached whilst away on international duty. Thomas confirmed the meeting, but pointed out that despite the interest, he did not want to lose focus on the task in hand - World Cup qualification - by thinking of a move abroad.
He said: "what happened was that the representative just approached me to confirm my interest in them (Wigan) and the possibility of going abroad is great, but I did not want to lose my concentration."
Wigan Athletic are no strangers to the talents that the Honduran players have to offer, and Thomas confirmed that he has spoken with his compatriots - Maynor Figueroa and Wilson Palacios - about a move to the North West.
"They have advised me a lot. Wilson was the one who opened the door for me in England and Maynor has also strengthened the national reputation. Both have told me that I would love to play there, because we enjoyed beautiful moments in Olimpia together and would enjoy many more in England."
With his growing reputation and some impressive displays at both club and international level, it appears that more teams in the Premier League could cast their eyes in his direction. Sunderland and Everton have both been linked in the press with his signature.
Once more however, the Honduran played down the rumours, "I don`t know of anything concrete on those links. I think it is because of Steve Bruce because he was the one interested in me at Wigan, but that will not happen."
He was also quick to restate his desire to go through with the move to Wigan Athletic, "Wigan is the priority, because they have been interested from the start."
Despite the change in management endangering Thomas and his dream move, it appears the Spaniard now at the helm at the Latics has upped his excitement further.
"I was talking about this with my wife and all my family and told them that it is the beauty that is God, because I've been waiting so long to to go abroad and with Wigan for the first time it was under Steve Bruce and one disadvantage was the language issue. But now I will not have the difficulty that Wilson and Maynor had when they first went to England. I will not have problems with this part."
With his focus remaining on his family, and everything seemingly fitting into place at last for Hendry Thomas, he continues to dream about playing in the Premier League.
With a move appearing just round the corner, perhaps he may be boarding a plane anytime. And with his bags already packed in anticipation, the midfielder is keen to avoid any more delays and conclude the deal as soon as possible.
By Andy Jackson
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Date:Friday June 26 2009
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