Chris Mepham admits it took some time to fully understand just what a whirlwind few weeks it has been in his young career. The B Team graduate made his Sky Bet Championship bow as a substitute against Derby County and then made his first league start four days later away at Middlesbrough, all less than a fortnight after signing a new five-year deal. The defender said it was only after sitting down over the international break that he was able to reflect on a momentous few weeks.
“With everything happening so fast in terms of the new contract, my start in the Carabao Cup, coming on against Derby County, and making the first start, you kind of get carried away in the moment and don’t realise how big these things actually are,” Chris revealed to iFollow Brentford. “It is only when you have a bit of time that you can reflect on it. It has been a really impressive month personally and I hope it can continue. I knew that my time would come, it was just a question of when. Luckily it has come a bit earlier than I expected.”
An injury to Andreas Bjelland opened the door for Chris to make his full league debut in front of a crowd of nearly 25,000 at The Riverside Stadium last time out. The central defender was pleased with his showing, despite the fact The Bees only came away with a point.
“It was a really good experience,” said Chris. “I found out on the Friday that I was starting so I had to get myself into the right mindset to walk out in front of 25,000 people. I felt I started well with the first couple of tackles and, although we felt hard done by not to get the three points, it was still good to come away with a point.”
Having worked his way into first-team contention Chris knows that he needs to keep working hard and improving to maintain his place in the matchday squad.
“The international break isn’t a time for everybody to put their feet up or take their foot off the pedal,” said Chris. “It is a time to get your legs back and kick-on. It is good to be around the boys and carry on training. Each day is a chance to improve. I’ve come in four days in a row and tried to make myself a better footballer.”