A Watford FC starlet who’s on loan at Kings Langley says joining the Southern League Premier Division South side has given him “the need to win”.
Under-18s centre-back, Will Hall, joined Watford’s academy in 2018 and moved to the Lango on loan this campaign for some first-team experience.
The 17-year-old’s impressive mentality was already notable before he left on loan, having captained Watford’s Under 18 side.
But Hall told his parent club that playing for Kings has given him even more motivation to win matches.
He said: “I know it’s very clichéd, but the biggest change has been the physicality and the desire to win in men’s football.
“At an academy level you want to win every game. You want to succeed, but at men’s football there is a change where you don’t just want to win, you need to win.
“You’re playing against guys who are in their late 20s, and they are part-time footballers using it as a source of income.
“I’m a 17-year-old boy coming in from Watford and they look at me and say, ‘If you’re not here to do what we want you to do it’s not going to work’.
“I would say that the biggest thing is you go from an educational, learning-type atmosphere, to ‘We need to win’.
“I absolutely love it because you need to win, and getting involved in that dogfight environment is great.
“We [Kings Langley] are slightly lower down the table, certainly lower down than where we want to be, but every game is huge. The occasion is amazing.”
Reflecting on his time at the village club so far as a whole, Hall added: “I’ve loved every second of it. The gaffer, Chris Cummings, has been amazing with me understanding that I’m still 17, but also letting me know that this isn’t a playground – this is men’s football.”
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