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Hamburg fans making a song and dance over striker Grigg

By Stuart McKinley

Published 02/07/2016

In demand: cult Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg
In demand: cult Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg

Will Grigg is suddenly a wanted man, despite not making a single appearance at Euro 2016.

Fans of German club Hamburg are really making a song and dance about the Northern Ireland striker, whose name has been sung by supporters all across Europe thanks to the 'Will Grigg's on fire' chant.

More than 10,500 Hamburg supporters have now signed an online petition appealing for their club to sign the player, who will celebrate his 25th birthday tomorrow.

The original target was 10,000 and the amount of signatures doubled in the space of 24 hours as word about Grigg's popularity in Germany began to spread.

The song made Grigg, who scored 28 times for Wigan Athletic last season, one of the most talked about players in France, even though Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill didn't use him in any of the team's four matches.

Even Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has appeared in an advertisement singing the song and Northern Ireland fans who stayed behind in the Parc des Princes last Saturday night were still singing in 30 minutes after the final whistle, even though their team had been knocked out at the last 16 stage by Wales.

"It's been unbelievable. To hear it at Wigan for a start and to hear it on such a larger stage, it's been fantastic," said Grigg of his new-found popularity.

"It's brilliant. Our fans have been unbelievable, I think there's a special feeling between the players and the fans.

"The atmosphere around has been amazing."

More than 10,000 Northern Ireland supporters chanted Grigg's name when they were given a heroes' welcome at a homecoming party in the Titanic Quarter on Monday night.

Being serenaded by thousands of enthusiastic fans is one thing, but Grigg will forever be known as the man who came to fame because of a song, but who never got to play in the finals where it seems supporters of every team were singing it.

"The song is one thing, but to come to a tournament like this and not play, as a professional footballer, is massively disappointing," he said.

Grigg's failure to make it off the bench for Northern Ireland hasn't put him off sitting through the rest of the tournament.

"I'm sure I'll be watching somewhere - either back home or on holiday," he said.

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