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Chris Mepham reflects on a busy summer

Centre-back talks about 2016/17 with Brentford B and his first youth cap for Wales

1 July 2017

Chris Mepham returned to Brentford training a week later than his B Team colleagues after spending the summer on international duty with Wales Under-20s. The young defender took time out after his first day back to talk about his exepriences this season and last, starting with Wales.

"It was really good," said Chris. "It was a really good experience for me. It was very unexpected but sometimes that's the best way. I remember I got a couple of missed calls off my dad and my agent in the morning and didn't really think anything of it.

"I rang my dad back and he told me the news that I'd been called up for Wales and had to meet the boys in the afternoon at a Heathrow hotel and that was it really. On the plane the following morning and off to Toulon."

The 19-year-old was clearly surprised but proud to have been included in his first international squad.

"It makes you feel really good about yourself and the hard work that I've put into the season pays off. It was a nice way to end the season or start the new one, it kind of came in between so either or.

"I was really impressed with the squad and the performances we put in. We had the hosts, France, in our first game. Getting a 0-0 draw against them, a very good side for their age group, beating Bahrain leaves us with the final game against Ivory COast. We needed a win, unfortunately we couldn't get the win on that occasion but we definitely held our own."

With more games on the horizon, Chris is keen to see what he can do to get invited back to that level.

"There's the European Championships coming up in September and I've just got to have my eye open for that.

"I've got to make sure I put the performances in when I do play, whether that be for the B Team or First Team friendlies. I've go to look after my performances and the rest will take care of itself."

Looking back on the 2016/17 season, Chris is determined to push on this year and improve on what was a great previous campaign.

"I was really pleased with it," said Chris. "If you had told me at the start of the season that I would make my debut, get player of the year award and what has come up recently with the international call-up, that would be a really good season for me.

"I think this year will be harder, as each year brings more pressure and you are fighting for a new contract. It's going to be hard but I've just got to make sure I keep working hard, keep trying to improve every day and I'm sure that will be alright."


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