Hoban believes he can still be an EPL player

WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Danny Ward of Rotherham United battles for the ball with Tommie Hoban of Watford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Rotherham United at Vicarage Road on February 24, 2015 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Danny Ward of Rotherham United battles for the ball with Tommie Hoban of Watford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Rotherham United at Vicarage Road on February 24, 2015 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old English defender believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.

Tommie Hoban started his professional career in 2011 with Watford.

There, he scored two goals in 54 appearances as a defender.

He was loaned to Wealdstone in 2012, then to Blackburn Rovers in the 2016-2017 season.

His latest loan cames this summer, as he joined Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.

But the 25-year-old believes he has what it takes to play in England’s highest football level.

“Unfortunately for me it’s been one thing after another,” he tells The42.

“You do get to a point where you have to ask yourself if you can go back to it again.”

“I was devastated, to be honest,” he says.

“You try to stay as positive as you can, but when so much time in your career is going to waste it does get hard to keep your spirits up. If you get too down it can become a negative cycle which can be really hard to get out of.”

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“When the injury happened, my son was a few weeks away from being born, so you’re starting to think about his future as well. ‘How many more times can I go through this?’ — that’s what you’re asking yourself,” he added.

“I had already been looking into a few other things, doing some extra studying outside of football just to prepare for the worst-case scenario if it ever got to that stage.”

“My dad has a business in financial advising and it’s something I’ve always had an interest in,” he recalled.

“It’s hard to explain, but even when you get back to fitness, you’ve missed so much football that your body doesn’t feel the same as it did before. You have to make a lot of adjustments. Your recovery takes longer and that can take a bit of getting used to.”

“Obviously it has been great to be back playing recently,” said the Watford loanee.

“I feel fit now but I still have issues sometimes with pain. I’ve had to take tablets before and after games. That can all take a toll on you. But being part of a winning team, as I have been in the last few weeks, is a feeling that not many things can come close to.”