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Watford youngster Luke O'Nien says he will be ready whenever he is called upon this season
Hornets youngster Luke O’Nien appreciates the quality in Watford’s side means he will have to wait patiently before making a first team appearance but says he will be ready when called upon.
The 18-year-old midfielder signed his first professional contract with the club in the summer and joined up with Gianfranco Zola’s squad on their pre-season trip to Italy.
The Hornets head coach commented that the youngster fitted in well despite being played out of position at centre-back in friendly matches.
And O’Nien again played in defence during the Hornets Under-21 Premier League Cup win against Bristol Rovers and after the game discussed how his first year as a professional is progressing.
"I’m really enjoying everything about it from training to matches," he said. "To have the first team around you and learning from them is fantastic. They have a lot of quality and training with them can only raise your performance."
He continued: "I think anyone in my position wants to be playing first team football and I will be ready whenever I am called upon.
"Whether it is next week, two weeks or next year, I will just stay patient, wait for my opportunity and try to contribute in the best way I can."
O’Nien adapted well in defence against Rovers and was composed throughout the game.
But during the penalty shoot-out, which the Hornets went on to win, he smashed his penalty comfortably over the crossbar.
He said: "You have highs and you have lows - like missing the penalty. I should apologise for that and I will try to find the ball if anyone wants to help me.
"I will work on penalties during the week but credit to the lads for winning it and there was a massive part played by Woodsy (Gary Woods)."
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