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Isaac Success on pre-season, settling in at Watford, and working under Walter Mazzarri...

Success | “The Work I’m Doing Now Will Pay Off”

One of several new recruits ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, Isaac Success says the warmth of the welcome he’s received at Watford means the club already feels like home.

“I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now and I have to say, it’s been very easy to settle in, which is important for me in a new country,” said the 20-year-old, speaking to

“It helps that I already knew a few of my teammates – I played with Abdoulaye Doucoure last season and Odion Ighalo is a fellow Nigerian – but everybody’s welcomed me with open arms and I already feel it’s home.

“Watford seems like a great club and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Success is continuing his pre-season regime with a busy schedule of training sessions and tests at the club’s London Colney training ground this week, and the forward was also pleased to get some valuable game-time during the Under-21 friendly fixture against Chivas on Tuesday.

“I’ve been working really hard at the training ground but it’s been very enjoyable, and I know the work I’m doing now will pay off when the season starts,” he said.

“The fitness people here are great, they’re always pushing me, which is just what every player needs to be ready for a new season.

“I got 15 or 20 minutes in the first two friendlies [at Woking and Stevenage], which was good, and to play an hour for the Under-21 team yesterday was really important for my fitness.”

With the start of the new season just a matter of weeks away, Success cannot wait to experience Premier League football for the first time, and he’s particularly looking forward to working under the Hornets’ Head Coach Walter Mazzarri during the forthcoming campaign.

“I’ve worked with him [Mazzarri] a lot already during my first two weeks and he’s very good, both as a coach and a person,” said the Nigerian Under-20 international.

“You can tell that from the work that we’ve done on the training pitch. He knows what we need to do to be successful, and he’s shown that at the clubs he’s worked with before Watford.

“I’ve watched a lot of Premier League football before and it’s something I want to experience, so the Southampton game can’t come quick enough now.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do before that, but if we keep working like we have been then we’ll be ready for the first game.”

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