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Ross Jenkins admits he hasn't done enough to break into the Watford first team this season
Ross Jenkins accepts he hasn’t done enough to get into the Watford first team this season.
The 22-year-old has played just one game under Gianfranco Zola and joined League Two strugglers Barnet last week on a one-month loan.
Jenkins came through Watford’s academy and has made 95 appearances for the club since his debut in 2008 as a 17-year-old.
With the influx of loanees from Udinese and Granada since the Pozzo’s takeover, there is plenty of competition for places in the Hornets squad and Jenkins said: "Unfortunately I don’t think I have done enough to get into the side.
"That’s why I have asked to go out on loan to get some more experience."
When asked if the number of loan players at Watford could hinder the progress of youngsters coming through the academy, the midfielder added: "If the manager thinks you’re good enough there is no reason why he will not play you. It is just proving that you are good enough.
"I am sure though that if the young players are good enough then they will be thrown in."
Jenkins believes the Watford squad has a good blend of experienced and young players and feels the foreign loanees have given him the opportunity to learn from different football cultures.
He said: "It is a good experience and there are a lot of good players at the club. It is very international so you pick up different things from the players that you might not necessarily get over here."
Click here to read an extended interview with Jenkins from our sister paper, The Times Series, where the midfiedler discusses what it is like to play with Edgar Davids.