TOMMIE HOBAN: “A Great Season All Round”
WATFORD defender Tommie Hoban admitted the 2014/2015 season couldn’t have gone much better.
The ‘Orns secured promotion to the Premier League, and having enjoyed a fine campaign, playing a vital part in the Golden Boys’ defence, Hoban ended it with the Young Player of the Season Award.
“It’s a great achievement for me," he told watfordfc.com.
"I’ve had a good season personally, and with the success the team has enjoyed too, it’s been good all round."
Having been ruled out of action for well over a year in the season before last, Hoban admitted his successes came quicker than expected, but there is still room for improvement.
“I was out for well over a year, so the campaign was all about getting myself back in the team," he explained.
"It feels like I’ve done that, I’d say this season has exceeded expectations for me.
“I also feel like I have a lot more to give to the side, and to be able to do that in the Premier League is something I’m looking forward to doing with this group of players.”
The annual End of Season Awards Dinner took on an extra significance following a season which saw the ‘Orns finish 2nd in the Sky Bet Championship and seal their return to the top flight of English football.
On a special night at the ceremony, there were specific words and praise reserved for Hoban.
“It’s really nice to get all of the compliments and the nice words from everyone, but I always think I’ve got so much more to learn out on the training pitch.
“Getting awards like this make me feel like I’ve still got so much more to learn and make all the hard work seem worthwhile.”
A summer break is now on the agenda, but Hoban insists that when the players return to London Colney ahead of the new season, their aim is not just to survive in the Premier League.
“To play in the top flight next season is really exciting for everyone, and I’m sure when we come back from the summer everyone will be raring to go.
“We want to make a real impact in the division, we want to become an established Premier League team, and we’re not just looking to stay up.
“With the players we currently have, as well as new additions over the summer, I’m sure we can do just that.”