Pontus Dahlberg is relishing the chance to improve in the best league in the world after linking up with Watford for the first time since his January move.

The 19-year-old stopper is likely to play a supporting role next season and could even be sent out on loan again after the arrival of Ben Foster as the Hornets’ new number one.

He has enjoyed his first few days of pre-season training with Watford and believes he has joined a club which has all the qualities to help him develop into a fine Premier League player.

“I watched a lot of the Premier League when I was younger. I think many in Sweden watch the Premier League and it’s the best league in the world, with many of the best teams and players,” he told Watford’s YouTube.

“I want to become a better player and develop here. It is a great chance to do that here with great and amazing staff.

“There are so many people to help you with everything, from training in the gym to the sessions on the pitch.

“It has been really good, some long days compared to the days back in Sweden with a lot of tests and a lot of training, but it feels great to be here and to get started.”

Dahlberg joins a club well stocked for goalkeepers, with Foster, Heurelho Gomes and Daniel Bachmann on the Hornets’ books.

Gomes has made his intentions to leave the club clear this summer, but Dahlberg is still benefitting from working with experienced heads during Watford’s pre-season preparation.

The talented youngster has plenty of games under his belt already and believes he has been able to improve as a player while at IFK Gothenburg.

“We have four goalkeepers right now, so quite a few. Gomes and Foster have a lot of experience and it is great to be training with them and to learn. It can only be a positive thing,” he said.

“I think it has been really good for me to play for one-and-a-half seasons at Gothenburg. To get matches in front of full stadiums and to play senior football is good for me.

“Of course [it has helped me develop]. I can take more from my play out on the pitch and I want to do more. Playing games has helped me grow.”

Watford fans are likely to have seen precious little of Dahlberg, but his potential for growth has been well-documented.

He clearly has an appetite for growth and his chosen role model for success could not have had a more glittering career.

“I have always liked Iker Casillas,” he said. “When I started to look at him he when he played for Real Madrid and he is an amazing keeper.

“He has won the Champions League, the World Cup and everything you can win as a goalkeeper and football player. He is the one I was always looking up to.”