Watford playmaker Will Hughes is not quite looking ahead to the Premier League just yet and is instead enjoying the fact that such a ‘draining’ season is reaching its conclusion.

Saturday’s win over Millwall means the Hornets have reached their goal of returning to the top flight at the first time of asking, but Hughes is ready to have a break and enjoy the hard work he has put in during a gruelling campaign.

The COVID pandemic has taken its toll on the footballing calendar, with Championship sides regularly finding themselves playing two or three times a week.

“It is quite overwhelming. It’s been a long old slog,” he said in a club interview. “It’s been a strange season, but it makes it even sweeter, the fact that we’ve got there with two games to go and we can enjoy it now.

“You have to enjoy these moments because it’s all good looking at the future and the fact we’ll be playing in the Premier League next season, but you have to enjoy the present and that’s what we’ll do. Hopefully everyone else can do that as well.”

Hughes is hoping he is not the only person enjoying this period as well.

He has urged the supporters to make the most of it while also telling the younger players in the Watford dressing room that occasions like these can be few and far between for footballers.

“A moment like today would have been unbelievable with the fans here, but I’m sure they’re celebrating at home or wherever they are,” he said after Saturday’s win.

“It’s a beautiful day, so I hope they’re in the beer gardens having a few swift ones. You have to enjoy moments like this, they don’t come around too often.

“We said before the game you might get two, three, four of these in your career so you have to make the most of it and that’s what we have done today, so we’ll enjoy it.”

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