KAMARON English is out to prove Watford made the wrong decision by releasing him this summer.
The 18-year-old winger (pictured) was shown the door at Vicarage Road at the end of last season after learning his trade with the Hornets since the age of 11.
Hayes & Yeading manager Phil Babb wasted no time in making him one of his first signings as boss, and English has already shown glimpses of what he is capable of.
The midfielder admits it was a disappointing end to his time in Hertfordshire but is more determined than ever to carve out a career in the game.
“I want to show Watford that releasing me was a mistake,” English told the Gazette .
“They gave me no advice when I left, they just left me to my own devices, but that’s football I guess. I hope it all goes well for me personally and for the team as well because we are looking to do big things here.
“I was at Watford since the under-12s but didn’t get a professional contract at the end of the season. I played an exit trial game and that’s where I got spotted by Hayes & Yeading. I play predominantly on the left wing, being left-footed, but I can play on the right as well.
“I’ve mostly got assists in the past but I’m working on my finishing to try and bring goals into my game. I haven’t tried playing up top yet but I would like to have a go. I scored a few goals in pre-season and I’m trying to get on the scoresheet more regularly.”
English has been pleased with Babb’s additions to the Hayes & Yeading squad and is delighted to be playing his football under a man with Babb’s stature and experience.
With the playing staff doing their job on the pitch, while the management do their part in the dugout, English believes United can achieve big things this season.
“Phil has played at the highest level and he knows how to get there – that’s what I’m aiming to do too. Working with him has been good so far and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. I’ve got to know a few of the lads already and think they can help my game too.
“We’ve got a very young team here but I really believe in this team. I think we should be looking to push up higher than mid-table. The manager and staff we’ve got here can push us on. We’re a young squad so we definitely need to learn quickly as the games come thick and fast, but I think we can surprise a lot of teams.”
English was involved on Saturday as Hayes & Yeading chalked up their third straight win at Havant and Waterlooville. Jack Mills banged in a penalty and Allen Bossman scored in the 2-1 victory over the Hawks.
United have been handed a home draw against Tonbridge Angels in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.