First Team 20/07/2016

Rowan | “I Don’t Want This Experience To Stop”

Pre-season couldn’t have started much better for defender and first-year professional Charlie Rowan. 

The Hornets' former Under-18 captain - who signed his first professional contract during the close season - has been training regularly with the first-team and made his maiden appearance in the Golden Boys’ first pre-season friendly against Woking. 

Included in Walter Mazzarri’s travelling squad for the week-long training camp in Austria, Rowan also featured for nearly 20 minutes of yesterday evening's 3-1 win over Union Berlin, and the centre-back admits he's enjoying every minute.

“So far it’s been great, and I’m happy that the manager has faith in me to put me on,” Rowan told

“When I came on yesterday, I had [Craig] Cathcart talking in my ear telling me where to go, and I just need to take on their advice. 

“Even in training they're talking me through certain things such as my body position, when to play and when not to play, so I’m learning off the best."

The 18-year-old has had the likes of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo to keep tabs on during early sessions so far, which he admits can only stand him in good stead going forward.

“I’m learning every day from the likes of Troy and Odion. You see the different movements they make," said Rowan.

“It can only make me better, playing against the best. I want to get up to their level and I’m trying my best against them. So far I’ve done well and so hopefully it continues."

Rowan has also been impressed by what he's learnt from working with Mazzarri, stating: "He’s a proper Italian coach. He knows what he wants from his players and he’s very tactical, which can only make me better. 

“I don’t want this experience to stop, I’m loving it.”

It's not just Rowan who has made the trip to Austria, fellow first-year pro Brandon Mason is also part of the training camp and Head of Academy Chris McGuane believes the opportunity for both players is very much deserved.

“It’s a great experience for them to be around the first-team, and they deserve it,” McGuane said. 

“They deserve the chance, and it goes to show that the club have got the youth players’ best interests at heart.

"This club wants to see young players progress and develop, and it’s great that Brandon and Charlie have their chance to impress the first-team players and staff.” 


First Team 20/07/2016

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.”