Date: 27th July 2016 at 7:25pm
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Midfielder Ben Watson has been speaking about how easy a decision it was to extend his time at Vicarage Road with a new contract.

Having arrived at the club back in January 2015, he has been a big part of our gaining promotion from the Championship and then confirming our Premier League status last season, as well as the run to the FA Cup semi final.

Speaking to the Official Site having agreed over the summer to contract up until 2018, Watson explained.

‘I`ve had a fantastic year-and-a-half here. In terms of myself, coming here in the Championship, getting promoted and then playing more or less a full season in the Premier League, I couldn`t have asked for more. So I was glad it got sorted sooner rather than later and, as I say, it was an easy decision and I’m looking forward to the next couple of years.’

Having been almost an ever present, playing 41 times in total for the club last season, as well as picking up two goals in the games against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion, he went on to say that he felt there were certainly improvements that could be made this season and that’s what everyone is working on under new head coach Walter Mazzarri.

‘Pre-season has been really good so far and as a footballer you never stop learning. Last year we had loads of new stuff and new ideas that we learnt and the new manager this year has new ideas as well. As a player it`s great because you`re forever learning. The 3-5-2 is something we`ve played before at the club and it was a formation we got promoted with, so it`s a formation a lot of the boys know. But with an experienced coach who`s played this formation a lot, he`s obviously got a lot of new ideas and he`s getting those across.’

The 31 year old said that simply put, the aim is to do better than we did last season.

‘We did well last year but we`ve got to try and better our final league position and then we will have had a great year. But it`s going to be tough again and it`s a tough league. If you look at the managers that teams have brought in this year, we`ve possibly got six of the top 10 managers in the world now. The big boys are going to be really strong and it`s important we compete and look to better last season.’

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