Tuesday 16 January 2018

Irishman Hoban has a part to play for Hornets says boss

IRELAND U21 cap Tommie Hoban has a big future ahead of him, according to Watford boss Slavisa Jokanovic, writes Aidan Fiitzmaurice.

The defender has been scouted by Martin O'Neill a number of times this season but Hoban unfortunately saw red during the Hornets' 2-2 draw with Wolves on Saturday, but manager Jokanovic still has faith in Hoban, 21. "I must be very happy and I think that he made a very good performance. He had a good game, he helped us so much," said Jokanovic.

"He's young, he's strong, and what's more important is that he wants to learn. This is good news for Watford. He has played these last games with more confidence and he can be an important player in the future for this club."

Meanwhile, Irish defender Paddy McCarthy will secure a loan move to Bolton Wanderers this week.

The 31-year-old is still under contract at Crystal Palace but he has played just twice for the Eagles this season, in the League Cup, and he failed to make the cut when Palace confirmed their 25-man squad for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.

He recently had a spell on loan to League One side Sheffield United but Bolton boss Neil Lennon is keen to bring in the experienced McCarthy to shore up his defence.

Sean St Ledger made his competitive debut for Orlando City in the MLS last night, the defender coming on as a late sub in a 1-1 draw with New York City in front of 62,000 fans in a game refereed by Cork's Alan Kelly.

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