Team Wellington are pleased to announce the re-signing of 26-year old Hamish Watson and young midfielder, Henry Cameron ahead of the 2019/20 ISPS Handa Premiership.
With both players previously being involved with Team Wellington, including at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2018, it was a welcome return for them both.
Head Coach, Scott Hales, continues to build his squad ahead of the upcoming season and is excited to have both players back for another year.
“It’s great to have them both back,” Hales said.
“Every player we have so far has their own distinct role to play and we have some great depth and lots of options at this stage which is always a positive.
Hales, having worked with Watson for a few years, is confident he can bring the best out in him.
“Hamish offers a different dynamic amongst the squad and can fill many different roles on and off the pitch for us.
“He has obvious strengths due to his size, but for a big man he has great movement and can link extremely well.
“A confident Watto is an extremely exciting player who can cause damage in this league so I’m looking forward to seeing what he can achieve this year,” the Head Coach said.
Watson, a player known for his character on the field has made 48 appearances for Team Wellington and is looking forward to being back in the capital.
“Last season, my move to Australia was a new challenge for me and something a little bit different but it’s great to be back playing for my local club with Team Wellington.
“There are a few new faces in the squad this year but we still have a solid core group of players that have been together for a while so I think that will only help us as we build for our opening game.
For the attacking player, Watson believes that this years squad has what it takes to be back on top.
“It’s disappointing not to be involved in the OFC Champions League this season but it does allow us to just focus on one competition.
“Of course we have aspirations to be back in that top spot – we are more than capable and it starts by winning our first game, the play offs and then the league overall.
“I’m excited to start the season and I’ll do all that I can to be that target player up front and be a menace in and around the box,” Watson said.
New Zealand All Whites international, Cameron, credits Head Coach Hales for his return saying he was a huge factor for him re-signing.
“I respect Scott as a coach and I’m really looking forward to working with him and the team again this season,” he said.
“We’re a united group at Team Wellington and in terms of togetherness, it’s one of the best dressing rooms I’ve ever been a part of.”
The 22-year old is looking to prove himself and make his mark amongst his team mates and is confident the team can fight for the title.
“This league is so unpredictable but I’m confident we have what I takes to do the job.
“It’s a strong squad this season which means a lot of competition but that only gives me more drive to work hard and secure my role in the team and cement that starting spot.”
Head Coach, Hales is all about player development and is looking forward to seeing Cameron progress this season.
“Henry is back for another season and is definitely eager to prove himself this time round.
“He is a young player and like many, is still seeking his opportunity for a professional contract and it’s our duty to help him with his personal goals that work hand in hand with ours,” Hales said.
“We are confident that he will put his best foot forward this season and with well established relationships with members of the squad already, it will be a great year for him and the team.”
Watson and Cameron have both joined the squad in training ahead of the first friendly against Wellington Phoenix on October 6 at Westpac Stadium.