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Joel Ekstrand to leave The Vic, but Alex Jakubiak handed contract extension...

Official | Hornets Confirm Retained & Released Players

WATFORD FC can confirm its retained list following the end of the 2015/16 season.

Joel Ekstrand will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June. The Swedish defender, who signed for the Hornets in 2012, made 100 appearances during four years at Vicarage Road, scoring twice. 

The Hornets have taken the option to extend the professional contract of Alex Jakubiak for a further year, after the 19-year-old striker enjoyed a prolific season in front of goal for the club's Under-21 side. 

Under-21 players George Byers, Josh Doherty, Matt Hall, Uche Ikpeazu, Jorell Johnson, Mahlondo Martin, Bernard Mensah, Luke Simpson and Alfie Young have all been released. 

Second-year Academy scholars Andrew Eleftheriou, Nathan Gartside, Brandon Mason, Rhyle Ovenden, Charlie Rowan and Connor Stevens have all been offered professional contracts after impressing during a title-winning season for the club's Under-18s, while Jacob Cook and Max Makaka will leave Watford at their end of their scholarships. 

Watford FC would like to wish all departing players the best of luck for the future, and thank them for their contributions while at Vicarage Road. 

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