Rowan doesn't want experience to stop

Watford's former under-18 captain Charlie Rowan doesn't want his pre-season experience with the first-team to end.

Rowan doesn't want experience to stop
Rowan has been out in Austria with the first-team (Photo: Getty Images)

Young Watford defender Charlie Rowan has been part of the club’s pre-season plans so far and doesn’t want the experience to end anytime soon.

The summer couldn’t have started any better for the former Under-18 captain as the defender is currently leaning from players who have played at the highest level of the game.

Rowan signed his first professional contract after last season came to a close, and he has been training with the first-team regularly since.

The defender has been given a chance this pre-season (Photo: Getty Images)
The defender has been given a chance this pre-season (Photo: Getty Images)

Defender delighted with experience

The youngster made his first-team debut in the 1-1 draw with non-league side Woking in the opening match of pre-season.

And Rowan even managed to play some part in the 3-1 win over Union Berlin after he was selected to be part of the squad which travelled to Austria for a week-long tour.

“So far, it’s been great and I’m happy that the manager has faith in me to put me on,” he told the clubs official website.

The former youth captain spoke of how Craig Cathcart spoke to him when he came onto the pitch, giving him some advice for game situations.

Rowan was captain for the Hornets' Under-18 side (Photo: Getty Images)
Rowan was captain for the Hornets' Under-18 side (Photo: Getty Images)

Rowan given advice from senior players

The 18-year-old comes up against some of the best strikers in the business on a regular basis, and that included club captain Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo.

And he said that coming up against the pair can only make him get better as a footballer, while players are giving him advice in training too.

Rowan added: “It can only make me better, playing against the best. I want to get up to their level and I’m trying my best against them. So far I’ve done well and hopefully it continues.”

The defender stated that new coach Walter Mazzarri “knows what he wants from his players” and he is a tactical boss, which can only improve the squad as a whole.

Rowan isn’t the only youngster out in Austria, but first-year professional Brandon Mason is also out with the first-team gaining valuable experience.