Gallery: Ben Wilmot
Fresh from signing for the club from Stevenage, watfordfc.com takes a look at Ben Wilmot's story so far...
Born and raised in Stevenage, Ben Wilmot has spent the whole of his career - going right up through all the youth levels - with the Boro.
Originally a midfielder converted into a ball-playing centre-half, Wilmot signed his first professional contract at 17 years old, as a first-year scholar, in April 2017.
Having already featured in cup competition, the young defender made his league debut against Morecambe in January 2018 - the start of a run of 10 consecutive league outings, with Wilmot playing the full 90 minutes each time.
He also played in the FA Cup for the North Hertfordshire club, as they met Reading in the third round and took the Championship side to a replay.
In March, he was given his England Under-19 debut by Paul Simpson, making two appearances in the UEFA EURO U19 Championship Qualifiers against Latvia and Macedonia.
Wilmot's form in his breakthrough season not only won him the League Two Apprentice of the Year award, but also drew admiring glances from clubs higher up the football pyramid - including Watford.
Then, on May 24, 2018, Wilmot became the first signing for the Golden Boys ahead of the new 2018/19 season.
The 18-year-old defender agreed a five-year contract at Vicarage Road.