Date: 23rd June 2016 at 5:49pm
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With 2015/16 written off for Tommie Hoban, the player has spoken of his hopes for next season and Watford’s pre season return.

With the defender having long term injury problems last term, meaning onto three appearances on the bench, he told the Official Site that it had been a hugely frustrating year for him, but he’s hoping to make up for lost time when 2016/17 cycles round properly.

‘Last season was a write off for me. The problems started at the end of the season before, I tried to get through pre-season with it and I managed to get through, but I broke down in September. I had to have the operation there and then, but that didn`t really solve the problem. I was struggling throughout the season, having injections trying to get me fit. I had another operation at the end of the season, which is why I`m in over the summer.’

With most players still away on their breaks, albeit slowly stepping up fitness work now to build into the new campaign, Hoban has been working hard with the club’s physiotherapists to ready himself for pre season return, and he admitted it has been tedious, but he knows it’s necessary – especially if he wants to hit the ground running.

‘It`s been quite similar, mentally it can be boring, it`s a lot of strength work and core, and too much time on the bike! It`s all got to be done, I`m starting to feel stronger now, and hopefully I can get back on the pitch soon. I`ve been strengthening myself up, I`m starting to feel stronger. I might not feel 100% in the near future, but if I can get through without the pain I was feeling before, hopefully throughout the season it can gradually disappear and that should happen eventually, I just have to keep positive. I`m probably going to have to be careful and manage myself through so I don`t have any setbacks, but yeah I can`t wait to get back out there and play football.’

With the fixtures now out, the 22 year old went on to say.

‘Every game`s a massive game in the Premier League, they don`t get much bigger than the start we have to the season. It`s going to be a tough opening six weeks, but you have to play them eventually and why not get at the big teams early before they get runs together. It`s all exciting though and we can`t wait to get started again now.’

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