Tommie Hoban says he is not thinking about a move away from Watford but believes he is having a tough season due to his lack of regular first-team football.

The 20-year-old has started the Hornets’ last two matches but prior to those games hadn’t featured since the 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City on November 4.

While the centre-back was out of the Golden Boys side, Hoban’s former academy boss Mark Warburton, who is now in charge at Brentford, reportedly tried to sign him on loan with a view to a permanent switch.

Watford have no intention of letting the Academy graduate leave the club and Hoban wants to remain a Hornet.

He said: “It (the Brentford offer) has been mentioned to me by people. But moving is not something I am thinking about.

“My focus is to keep training, keep improving and to stay in the Watford team. All that transfer stuff I keep out of my head. My aim is to play at Watford.”

He continued: “It has been a tough season though. It is my first full season back from my ankle injury and I do want to be playing week in, week out.

“With the squad we have got it has been difficult to get a regular run in the team. I will keep trying to improve and hopefully, when I get a run in the first team, my performances will also improve.

“Of course I want to play regularly but I want to do that here at Watford. I have come through the ranks here and the club has been very good to me over the years.”