Hendry Thomas has been plying his trade with Wigan Athletic in the English Premier League since July 2009, earning the approval of Latics fans, who are predicting a bright future for the 25-year-old holding midfielder.
His immediate future involves doing battle with the world’s best at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, where he is set to play an instrumental part in the plans of Bicolor coach Reinaldo Rueda.
Thomas was destined to be a footballer. A cousin of national idol and Catracho team-mate David Suazo, his abilities were so obvious as a youngster that he played his first league game for Club Deportivo Olimpia at the age of 16. Seven years later he had a trial with French side Toulouse, although his lack of experience counted against him on that occasion.
His career almost came to an abrupt end when he picked up a serious knee-ligament injury. Battling back to full fitness he was rewarded with a £1.5m move to Wigan last summer. And since his arrival in northern England Thomas has had the full backing of his coach Roberto Martinez, who had little hesitation in giving him a place in the starting XI and keeping him there.
Yet to make quite the same impact for his country, the talented midfielder now has the international experience that could help him become one of the stars of Honduras’ campaign at South Africa 2010.