Watford defender Tommie Hoban has signed a new four-year contract with the Hornets.

The 21-year-old has yet to feature for the Golden Boys this season but made 30 appearances during the previous campaign which ended with Watford clinching promotion to the Premier League.

The Ireland Under-21 captain is highly regarded by the Hornets and, despite bringing in a host of signings over the summer, the club have moved to ensure his immediate future lies at Vicarage Road.

Hoban, who joined the Golden Boys at the age of 14 after being released by Arsenal, was handed his Watford debut on the final day of the 2010/2011 campaign, a 3-1 defeat against Preston North End. He was just 16. 

The centre-back didn’t make an appearance for the first-team during the following campaign but broke into the Watford side during the 2012/2013 season under Gianfranco Zola.

He played 19 games before suffering an ankle injury in February 2013. It was an injury that kept Hoban out for almost a year.

On his return from injury Hoban made seven appearances during the 2013/2014 campaign. But it was last season that he established himself as a first-team regular under Slavisa Jokanovic.