SECOND-YEAR Academy scholar Luke O’Nien has signed a one-year professional deal with Watford.
The 18-year-old from Hemel Hempstead, who joined the club as an Under-9, will link up with the Hornets’ first-team squad for pre-season at the end of June with fellow youngster Bernard Mensah who committed his future to the club back in January.
Fellow scholars Austin Eaton, Kamaron English and Jordan Willmore will all leave the club following the completion of their scholarships.
Meanwhile, Matt Bevans will also depart, the defender was handed an extra season with the club following a knee injury during his scholarship with the club’s Academy. Fellow defender Kyle Connolly will also leave Vicarage Road after joining the Hornets’ Academy in December 2011, as will goalkeeper Berti Schotterl.
Head of Academy Chris McGuane said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for Luke to be offered this contract, one he thoroughly deserves.
“He has been with the Academy for many years and each year he has continued to develop and improve as a player.
“Another challenge and opportunity is now presented to Luke and the hard work starts again for him to develop his all round game further to reach his full potential.
“The Academy staff wish Luke all the best and we look forward to seeing him develop as a player."
Scholar Jack Westlake has been handed an extra six-months with the club after he missed a chunk of his scholarship due to a cruciate ligament injury.
The club would like to thank all our scholars for their contribution at Vicarage Road and wish them well in their future careers.
We’ll hear more from O’Nien next week here at watfordfc.com