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Ollie: “I’m glad I’ve been pushed out my comfort zone”

48 appearances, 11 goals, four assists. Ollie Watkins reflects on an impressive first season in West London

14 May 2018

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Speaking at the Club’s end-of-season awards evening, Ollie Watkins said he was happy with his first season at Griffin Park. Having swapped the red and white stripes of Exeter City for those of Brentford, Ollie enjoyed a successful transition to life in the Sky Bet Championship, finding the net 11 times including a brace during the 5-0 rout over Birmingham City in February.

“It was the process of the transfer that took a while – once the deal was completed I was training with the team the next day,” the 22-year-old told iFollow Brentford. “I was an Exeter player on the Tuesday and by the Thursday I was at Jersey Road. Everything happened so quickly; I moved to a new place and my whole environment changed. It’s amazing – it’s a great feeling to be here and I’m glad I’ve been pushed out my comfort zone. No one likes to be comfortable.

“I’ve found the transition easier than I thought I would. It’s more physical and there’s a lot of games, however I’m playing with better players here – no disrespect to those I played with at Exeter. I’ve found it easier in some respects because it’s not so much long ball. I’ve been playing through the middle recently; if I can be more clinical I can play there quite comfortably. I’m happy to play wherever selected and I’ve shown in some games that I can be versatile.”

The former Weston-super-Mare loanee admitted he’s his own harshest critic when asked about his 11-goal tally for the campaign:

“I missed the two penalties and a big chance against Birmingham City which would have given me a hattrick. Sometimes I can be a bit harsh on myself but I should’ve had 15 goals minimum this season. In a way I’m disappointed but I feel as though I’ve played well and learnt a lot.”

Despite being one of the top creators in the division last term, it was his ability to influence things away from the field of play that pleased Ollie most in 2017/18:

“Being able to send my grandparents on a cruise for my grandad’s 80th birthday was a highlight - being able to help family with the financial side of things has been a real plus. Supporting family and friends who have been there since day one has been the best part of all.”

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