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Under-23 defender Charlie Rowan on a tough but rewarding pre-season with the Watford first-team

Rowan | “Everyone's Pushing Each Other”

“It's like a war on the training pitch” - that's how Charlie Rowan described the healthy, competitive edge of the Watford pre-season in Austria. 

The 19-year-old defender has taken a full part in Marco Silva's sessions on the week-long trip, which culminates today in a friendly match against La Liga's SD Eibar. 

It's a far cry from the developmental atmosphere of the Under-23s. A misplaced pass or a lax touch here is met with chastising cries from teammates. The pressure is on to maintain the levels being set by the Head Coach. 

“I like it, everyone's taking it really seriously. It's intense, and you can only get better. We're all pushing each other.”

Watch the full interview with Rowan above free, no sign-up required. 

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