Adrian Mariappa appeared as if he was genuinely enjoying his time at Watford under new boss Javi Gracia, discussing his career so far, his future and the rest of the season for the Hornets.
Reflecting on Saturday’s win against Everton, Mariappa explained that “it was a massive win, we knew it was a really big game going into it and obviously getting the three points lifted us a bit higher in the table and every point is vital”.
Looking ahead to Watford’s tie against bottom of the league West Brom this coming Saturday, the Jamaican international made it very clear that “those are always the toughest games in my opinion. We have to be really focused coming into this game and we must approach it with the right mentality and the right attitude because these are the toughest games”.
With Watford currently in tenth and six points from the relegation zone, the Hornets fan favourite said it was vital hard work must continue and continue consistently.
When asked about resting players ahead of the so called ‘bigger games’ and saving them for fixtures such as the trip to Anfield in nine days, Mariappa said “my personal view is that there is one game a week and so they don’t really need a rest. It’s very individualised but that’s for the management and the staff to look at… For one game a week, everyone should be fit and raring to go.”
With his next game being his 250th for Watford, the man who rose through the academy said that “it’s a massive achievement for myself, I signed when I was nine and have come through the youth team and so to reach such a milestone is a massive achievement.”
Having come through the ranks himself, the defender knows what it takes to make it and reflected on youngsters currently coming through into Premier League starting elevens. The 31-year-old said that “at the top, top end of football it’s hard for the young players coming through when their teams have got a wealth of money just to throw at whoever they want. It’s refreshing to see kids coming through and hopefully they can get a chance and make a claim for their places.”
On his future, Mariappa stated that “obviously I will always be a part of the club in some way ,shape or form… Coaching is definitely something that I want to go into when I retire, it’s still early to say whilst I’m playing but you never know where football can take you these days. I’m just concentrating on my football now but we will see”.