Canada int’l Henry joins West Ham

Canada international Doneil Henry (red jersey) joined West Ham United on January 3, 2015. (Photo: Mexsport)

LONDON - West Ham United announced Saturday the acquisition of Canada international defender Doneil Henry from Apollon Limassol for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old never played in a competitive match for the Cypriot first-division club.  In April 2014, he was purchased from Toronto FC, but was loaned back to the Major League Soccer side for the remainder of the year. 

Capped 14 times, Henry has spent two periods training with West Ham in recent months, having been recommended to manager Sam Allardyce by Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen.

"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," said Henry.  "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, who has appeared in 11 all-time CONCACAF Champions League and three CONCACAF Gold Cup games, had been with the Toronto FC organization since joining its youth academy in 2008.  Over the course of five seasons with the Reds, he made 70 appearances in league matches.