Saturday 20 January 2018

Hoban: 'Hornets won't be stung in Premier League'

Tommie Hoban
Tommie Hoban

IRELAND U21 cap Tommie Hoban says he's already seen enough to convince him that his Watford side will be a success in the Premier League next season.

Hoban played a big role in the Hornets' feat of winning promotion to the top flight for next season and while newly-promoted clubs - like Burnley - tend to struggle, the defender says that won't apply to his club.

"The Premier League is a dream for us, since I was a little boy it's what I have been dreaming about and to have the chance to go and play there next season is all I ever wanted," he says.

"So I will be working hard in pre-season, we all know it will be a tough season for us next year, people will expect us to struggle to stay in the division but if you see our squad, the quality we have in training, we definitely have the players to keep us in that league. If we have a good pre-season and then a good start to the season, there's no reason why we can't stay up."

Watford confirmed their promotion with a game to spare, though Hoban wasn't in the field last weekend as other results went their way.

"I was very nervous on the bench, it was a nerve-wracking day but the boys on the pitch put on a great display and did what we needed. Last Saturday was an amazing day. I had a feeling on the morning that this could have been our day. Other people didn't expect it to happen for us as we were relying on other results," he says

"The Championship has been crazy this season, everyone seemed to keep winning, it was a matter of waiting for someone to slip up but thankfully we didn't do that and we have promotion secured.

"All we could do was focus on ourselves, just win our last two games," added Hoban, likely to feature for the club next season along with fellow Irishman Seán Murray.

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