One to Watch #37: Lee Hodson

Last updated : 10 March 2010 By Dan Buxton


Name: Lee Hodson

Date of Birth: 2nd October 1991

Position: Right Back

Club: Watford

International caps(goals): Northern Ireland U21 5(0)

                                                 Northern Ireland U19 7(0)

Attack minded right full back who has shot to prominence this season after an amazing rise to the top in the last eighteen months.

Made his debut on the last day of last season, as a 17-year-old, when he came on as a substitute at home to Derby. This season he has become a regular in the Watford side, starting 25 games already and picking up just a single booking, aswell as making five appearances for the Northern Irish U21 side.

In the summer of 2008 he was given a two year scholarship and made 26 appearances for the academy side in 2008/9, making him joint top appearance maker, aswell as seven reserve games and that first team bow.

His early season form for the Vicarage Road club earnt him a three year contract in October 2009, just after his eighteenth birthday, amid media reports linking him with numerous top flight clubs.

At only 5'8 he isn't the biggest defender but knows how to defend well, positionally sound, and also bomb forward on the overlap, although he is still looking for that first professional goal.