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Home-grown defender talks about his new four-year deal…

Hoban | “The Club Has Been Fantastic For Me”

TOMMIE HOBAN firmly believes that Watford is the right club for him to continue his development, following the signing of a new long-term contract with the Hornets. 

Hoban, who put pen to paper on a new four-year deal last week, also believes the new contract shows the faith the club have in him, and he is more than confident he can repay that trust in the future. 

“Since I’ve joined Watford, the club has been fantastic for me,” he exclusively told

“It’s really nice to have signed for the next four years, it gives me a bit of security, and it means I can focus on the football and trying to get into the team. 

"I feel as though I could go in and do a good job for the team now, but it gives me the next four years to improve, and hopefully when that time comes, I’ll be ready for it.

“It's just nice to see that the club sees me as part of the future.”

Hoban, who has made over 50 appearances for the Golden Boys, has won the prestigious Young Player of the Season award on two occasions, including at the end of last season's promotion-winning campaign.

The 21-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League this season, but he firmly believes training with some the Hornets’ new recruits is going to help improve his game. 

“The calibre of players who have come in this year has definitely gone up, and that does make it harder to get in as the competition is so high, but training with better players week-in week-out is only going to improve my own game.

“A lot of the new players have played at the top level all across Europe, so they’re used to playing at this level and they know what it takes.

"They really train how they play, and we’re trying to train to a higher intensity, because that is the way the manager wants it.”

Despite his recent success, Hoban has had to overcome numerous obstacles to get to the position he is in now, including a serious ankle injury which kept him out of action for over a year.

“It’s a good personal achievement for myself, so the next step now is to get into that team," he said.

“I’ve had a lot of challenges over my whole career since I was young, and I’ve managed to overcome them. No matter how long it takes to get into the team, I’m sure I’ll eventually get in and show what I can do.”

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