Watford defender Lee Hodson has reflected on last year and labelled it a ‘great season’ after breaking into the Hornets first team and amassing over 30 appearances.
The 2nd year Apprentice made the step up from the Club’s Academy to first team with the minimum of fuss and got better as the season progressed after making his full debut at Barnet in the Carling Cup last August.
Speaking to the Club’s website, he said:
“It’s been a great season for me personally. I obviously broke into the first team earlier than I expected and became a regular, it was a bit of a shock but the gaffer believed that I could make the step up and it’s great to be believed in.”
“It gave me the confidence because I knew I had people on the sidelines who had faith in me at such a young age and it really gave me a confidence boost. I’m happy with how the season went for me personally.”
Casting his mind back to last summer Hodson revealed the importance of having a good pre-season. He added:
“I was hoping to come back and do pre-season with the first-team, it would have been great to go on tour and I managed that.”
“It was a good start to pre-season and I was hoping to play a few friendlies, then try to get a start in the League Cup and make my way from there, perhaps even get an appearance in the FA Cup.”
Hodson went on to clock-up 32 starts and two substitute appearances in 2009-10 for the Hornets following in the footsteps of Ross Jenkins who made the same transition one year earlier.
He added: “It has set me in good stead for next season, hopefully I can come back stronger into pre-season.”
“I made my full debut in the League Cup which was great, after Mike left and Jay had his injury I got my chance, I knew it was massive otherwise I could have been sitting on the bench, so I made sure I took my chance.”
“I knew I had to be on my game this season and show the gaffer I can stand on my own two feet. All the young players have belief because, as the gaffer says, if we weren’t good enough then we wouldn’t be in and around the first team.”
“All the staff show their belief in us, it’s good because it gives us self-belief, all the youngsters have belief because the Manager will give us a chance if we’re good enough.”