Jonathan Bond says Watford's new regime 'excites' him and believes the Hornets can challenge in the future

'The new regime excites me and I'm privileged to be at Watford'

'The new regime excites me and I'm privileged to be at Watford'

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Jonathan Bond admits sitting on the bench every week is frustrating but stressed he is “privileged” to be in the first-team squad at Watford and is excited by where the club are heading.

Bond has been in the Hornets match-day squad for every fixture this season but has only started once; in the Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford City back in August.

He accepts it will be difficult to dislodge veteran Manuel Almunia from the number one spot at present but believes working with the former Arsenal man is great for his development.

Bond said: “It is good but it is also frustrating. I am competing with a top goalkeeper who has been there, done it and played at the highest level, in Champions League finals and won FA Cups, so it is frustrating to be on the bench all the time but there are also positives because I am training with Manuel all the time and learning things constantly.

“It is not just things like technique, he is always passing on words of wisdom and I am learning loads from him.”

Bond, who was born in Hemel Hempstead and went to school in Berkhamsted, joined the Hornets as a ten-year-old and has been around the first-team squad for some time, earning his first professional contract in July 2010, shortly after his 17th birthday.

The 19-year-old, who was called up to the full Wales squad in October 2010 whilst still technically a second-year scholar, is out of contract next summer but insists he is not concerned.

He explained: “The problem with contracts is they can drag on for ages as they are difficult to sort out but – and I know it is a cliché – I am more worried about preparing for Saturdays and the games are just going by.

“I am not worried about it because I am learning every day and I am more involved with the first team this season. At the age of 19, that is very unusual in the Championship so I cannot complain and it is a great opportunity. I am privileged.

“I am still very young in terms of goalkeeping so I am not thinking about leaving,” he continued.

“The new regime excites me and I can see us pushing for the play-offs or challenging for the title, maybe not this season, but next season so there is no reason I’d be looking elsewhere.”

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9:16am Mon 26 Nov 12

WessexLad says...

Hang in there, Jonathan. Your time will come.
Hang in there, Jonathan. Your time will come. WessexLad
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9:19am Mon 26 Nov 12

Colin West's mullet says...

nice to see a young player with a sense of perspective and a good attitude.
nice to see a young player with a sense of perspective and a good attitude. Colin West's mullet
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3:49pm Mon 26 Nov 12

cannons tours says...

Stick with it Jonathan your time will come with Watford and I am sure you will go from strength to strength.
Stick with it Jonathan your time will come with Watford and I am sure you will go from strength to strength. cannons tours
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9:22pm Mon 26 Nov 12

D.unstable says...

Now that Loach has been moved on he can probably see that there is more to being a decent keeper than standing silently on your line.
Now that Loach has been moved on he can probably see that there is more to being a decent keeper than standing silently on your line. D.unstable
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2:54am Tue 27 Nov 12

Summer breeze says...

please sort a contract out, not too much gamesmanship, we would you to stay a Hornet!
please sort a contract out, not too much gamesmanship, we would you to stay a Hornet! Summer breeze
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