Hinds: “It Was The Best Feeling Of My Life So Far”
Kaylen Hinds was through the roof with scoring his first goal for the Hornets on his club debut, calling the moment ‘the best feeling of my life so far’.
The former Arsenal and Wolfsburg man came on at half-time against Tranmere Rovers and took just 23 minutes to score his goal, reacting first to a loose ball in the box after a José Holebas corner.
“It was a great day for me, I’ve been working hard for this moment. When I first joined, I had been out of football for a long time and this is just a proud moment for me,” said the 21-year-old.
“When I came on the manager just told me to work hard, back Mason [Barrett] up, get forward as much as possible and make runs in behind.
“The goal was just a case of hit and hope really! There were a lot of bodies in front of me and with a deflection anything can happen, and it went in. It was the best feeling of my life so far.”
Hinds has been deployed most regularly as an attacking midfielder for the Under-23s this season but was positioned on the right side of midfield for the FA Cup third round replay.
“I’m more of an up and down the pitch player, I like to help going back as well, as much as going forward,” he said.
“I’ve played in the Bundesliga before, but this is a better experience and better moment for me because I’ve been out of football for a long time and just coming back into it, I’ve missed this environment.
“There were a few nerves at the start but as I got into the game it just felt normal and felt natural.”
Playing alongside his Under-23 teammates made Hinds feel more comfortable on his debut, while he also valued the help offered by the more senior players in the team. Despite the disappointing result, he felt the game was a valuable experience.
“We know how each other play and what to expect from each other, so it [playing with other Under-23 players] makes it easier,” he said.
“The senior players were encouraging me, when I got the ball, they told me to be positive. They told me to come inside and work on the shape because I was playing on the wing, so they were helping me through my game.
“There were a lot of experienced players in their [Tranmere's] side, so it was a good game for me and a good learning experience.”
Read Kaylen Hinds’ first interview with the Hornets, where he discussed moving to Vicarage Road after a spell in the Bundesliga, HERE.