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Meps: “I can be pleased with what I’ve achieved”

From Brentford B to the international stage: Chris Mepham discusses his meteoric rise in 2017/18

17 May 2018

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Chris Mepham said he is happy with his rate of progression following Brentford’s season finale against Hull City. From Brentford B to his Sky Bet Championship debut and a full international cap for Wales, the 20-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past ten months. Despite his success, Chris calmed any fears that he’d struggle to keep his feet on the ground:

From a team perspective it’s been another good year and one which shows the direction the Club is going in,” the young defender told iFollow Brentford. “It would’ve been good to get the win against Hull on the final day - like a lot of games this season we should’ve taken more from it. For us to perform so consistently is credit to the players and the staff.

“It’s been my first proper year in professional football and I’ve loved every minute of it. There’s been lots of ups and I have to be prepared for a few downs in the future. I have to get away, rest up and come back raring to go next season. I can be pleased with what I’ve achieved this year.”

Chris admitted he was somewhat surprised by his trajectory this term:

“You’ve always got to have confidence in yourself as a player – you won’t go far without belief – but I am a bit surprised, yes. I can see how far I’ve come since that first game; I know what my attributes are and what I can offer the team. Scoring my first goal against Sheffield United would be my highlight – running over and celebrating with the fans was a great moment – but there’s too many others to mention. Making my debut for Wales was a proud moment, of course.”

The B Team graduate was full of praise for the Brentford faithful when asked about the impact of the supporters this campaign:

“The fans have been unreal from the first game to the last. Their support and positivity both at the games and on social media has helped me along the way. Myself and the rest of the players are very grateful for their backing.”

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