January 24, 1994,
July 1st 2009
In my head I've always seen myself as a Watford player. I want to play here, and I do believe that I can still play here
Academy product Tommie Hoban made his Watford debut at Preston North End in 2011. The following season, Hoban continued his development at non-league neighbours Wealdstone.
The 2012/13 campaign was a breakthrough season for Hoban, who appeared 19 times under Gianfranco Zola, scoring goals against Charlton and Cardiff.
An ankle injury sustained in February 2013 halted Hoban's progress for much of 2013/14, but after plenty of hard work at the Hornets' training ground and the Isokinetic Clinic in London, the Academy graduate came off the bench with a typically commanding second-half performance in a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, almost a year to the day since his last first-team outing.
The talented centre-half went from strength to strength in 2014/15, securing a regular spot in the Golden Boys' back-line. It will go down as an important campaign for the 21-year-old, who put injury problems behind him having made his return at the back-end of the previous season, and the defender played 30 times as Watford secured automatic promotion.
Hoban’s rotten luck with injuries continued throughout the 2015/16 campaign, preventing the Irish youth cap from making his Premier League debut.
He moved to Blackburn Rovers on loan in 2016, and impressed during his time at Ewood Park, despite a freak training injury ruling him out for three months and Rovers' eventual relegation.