Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins is currently regaining his fitness before he needs to find a new club

Watford Observer: Ross Jenkins during his last outing for Watford in August 2012. Picture: Holly Cant Ross Jenkins during his last outing for Watford in August 2012. Picture: Holly Cant

Ross Jenkins' future looked very bright when he became a first team regular at the tender age of 17 but injuries have hampered his career in the last 18 months and he now faces an uncertain summer.

Jenkins impressed under Brendan Rodgers when he cemented his place in the Hornets' midfield in 2008 despite being a second-year scholar.

The 37 appearances during his debut campaign were followed by another 48 in the following two seasons, this time under Malky Mackay.

Jenkins started the first four games of the 2011/12 campaign but didn't make another start under Sean Dyche after the signing of Jonathan Hogg.

And last season the Wycombe man started against Bradford City in the Capital One Cup in August but then wasn't included in any other squads under Gianfranco Zola.

Jenkins joined League Two club Plymouth Argyle on loan in September 2012 but his stay ended after just two matches due to injury.

He then impressed initially at Barnet in March 2013 before losing his place and returning to Vicarage Road after his month-long loan had expired, making five appearances for the Bees.

Jenkins' contract ends this year but his Watford career was effectively over last summer when he wasn't given a squad number and wasn't taken on the pre-season trip to Italy, despite several scholars being included in the travelling party.

And this season has been another frustrating one. The 23-year-old had an unsuccessful trial at Leyton Orient and has since been plagued by a pelvis injury which has meant he was unable to go out on loan.

Jenkins is currently training with one of the club's medical staff as he attempts to regain fitness but it looks highly unlikely he will have enough time to secure a loan move this season.

Last week Watford's head of medical Marco Cesarini explained: "Ross was suffering with a long-term injury but he is better now. He is not part of the squad in terms of first team training because it was a decision taken at the start of the season. But we are still loving him because he is one of our players and deserves our attention.

"He got injured but we are trying to get him fit."

He added: "When players are injured they have their personal programmes with specific training but when he is fit, I expect him to train with the development squad."

Jenkins has made 78 starts and 17 substitute appearances for Watford.

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12:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

lastminutewinner says...

Never rated him, good luck to him though.

Just not good enough for this level.
Never rated him, good luck to him though. Just not good enough for this level. lastminutewinner
  • Score: -17

1:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Was never good enough...
Was never good enough... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -21

1:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

Can't remember what he actually contributed when he became a first-teamer at 17. Don't remember tackles, don't remember inspired passes, certainly don't remember a goal threat. Wish him all the best for the future but will need a bit if luck to get a career from the game when all had looked so promising 5 years ago. Losing your place in the Barnet team is not a good thing to have on your CV !!
Can't remember what he actually contributed when he became a first-teamer at 17. Don't remember tackles, don't remember inspired passes, certainly don't remember a goal threat. Wish him all the best for the future but will need a bit if luck to get a career from the game when all had looked so promising 5 years ago. Losing your place in the Barnet team is not a good thing to have on your CV !! Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: -22

1:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

jasonwatford says...

Bye Bye
Bye Bye jasonwatford
  • Score: -24

3:39pm Wed 19 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

I thought he was gone! No idea that we still have him because of what appears to be a career shortening injury that may affect his prospects for playing anything more than League 2 or Conference level. All I can do is wish him well.
I thought he was gone! No idea that we still have him because of what appears to be a career shortening injury that may affect his prospects for playing anything more than League 2 or Conference level. All I can do is wish him well. andyhooked
  • Score: 10

4:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

No time for wanting to kick a man in the nads when he is down.

Good luck Ross.
No time for wanting to kick a man in the nads when he is down. Good luck Ross. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 44

4:33pm Wed 19 Mar 14

grahamwfc says...

gloryhornet4 wrote:
No time for wanting to kick a man in the nads when he is down.

Good luck Ross.
At least one sensible, considerate post. Well said. Amongst a sea of moronic comments. If you haven't got anything nice to say, then say nothing
[quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: No time for wanting to kick a man in the nads when he is down. Good luck Ross.[/p][/quote]At least one sensible, considerate post. Well said. Amongst a sea of moronic comments. If you haven't got anything nice to say, then say nothing grahamwfc
  • Score: 37

4:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

demerit says...

Blimey, I thought he'd gone ages ago.

He was never anywhere near Championship standard and I was open-mouthed with disbelief every time he was brought on. I can't remember one single nugget of added value he brought to us.

All thumbs down posts apart from the last one which, to be honest, I don't totally disagree with. I know I have just slated him but he was in the wrong pond. Conference at best I think.
Blimey, I thought he'd gone ages ago. He was never anywhere near Championship standard and I was open-mouthed with disbelief every time he was brought on. I can't remember one single nugget of added value he brought to us. All thumbs down posts apart from the last one which, to be honest, I don't totally disagree with. I know I have just slated him but he was in the wrong pond. Conference at best I think. demerit
  • Score: -18

7:22pm Wed 19 Mar 14

1234566789 says...

The lad played for England U20s and was a regular for both Malky and Rogers (both of whom are considered by many, on here and beyond, as top class managers). He definitely had talent but I really am not sure what went wrong.

Got to wish him all the best though and hope he finds another club for the new season!!
The lad played for England U20s and was a regular for both Malky and Rogers (both of whom are considered by many, on here and beyond, as top class managers). He definitely had talent but I really am not sure what went wrong. Got to wish him all the best though and hope he finds another club for the new season!! 1234566789
  • Score: 23

7:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

The BestTrip2011 says...

I also didn't realise he was still with us.
I wish him well, however he really never did show enough consistent promise to convince me he would make it at Championship level.
At the end of the day, there really is only one Ross Jenkins.
I also didn't realise he was still with us. I wish him well, however he really never did show enough consistent promise to convince me he would make it at Championship level. At the end of the day, there really is only one Ross Jenkins. The BestTrip2011
  • Score: 6

11:13pm Wed 19 Mar 14

foreverorns says...

Give the lad a break, Only ever played his best given 100% everytime he played which was only about 100 games ,Not bad for someone who cant play ..under Brendan and Malky, Still Im sure you negative people know more than them,Talk about stabbing players in the back,Not what I would called supporters,Good luck Ross your a good player mate.
















malky
Give the lad a break, Only ever played his best given 100% everytime he played which was only about 100 games ,Not bad for someone who cant play ..under Brendan and Malky, Still Im sure you negative people know more than them,Talk about stabbing players in the back,Not what I would called supporters,Good luck Ross your a good player mate. malky foreverorns
  • Score: 14

11:54pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Andrew1963 says...

The facts are that football is high casualty profession. For every player who makes the contribution to the first team like Ross Jenkins did 1,000 aspiring footballers fall by tHe wayside. I hope he.makes a living out of football, but He won't do so at Watford. For every Ashley Young there are dozens of Ross Jenkins; Jamie Hands;Dominic Blizards and Anthony. McNamees. All achieved more than most aspiring players could dream of, but none ultimately were good enough to play at Championship level. Puts into perspective how talented players like Lloyd Doyley really are and what brilliant business it was to get fees for Bouazza, etc.
The facts are that football is high casualty profession. For every player who makes the contribution to the first team like Ross Jenkins did 1,000 aspiring footballers fall by tHe wayside. I hope he.makes a living out of football, but He won't do so at Watford. For every Ashley Young there are dozens of Ross Jenkins; Jamie Hands;Dominic Blizards and Anthony. McNamees. All achieved more than most aspiring players could dream of, but none ultimately were good enough to play at Championship level. Puts into perspective how talented players like Lloyd Doyley really are and what brilliant business it was to get fees for Bouazza, etc. Andrew1963
  • Score: 6

12:29am Thu 20 Mar 14

Goldenboy1960 says...

Ross was a great lad in the Academy and going on from there. You can all have an opinion on his ability but he was very dedicated and trustworthy both on and off the pitch, he was also a grafter and a team player and loved watford FC. Not many of us can say we've played 100 games in the Football League so leave him alone. And don't send him away not loving the club he spent a lot of years at working hard to gain a profession.
Ross was a great lad in the Academy and going on from there. You can all have an opinion on his ability but he was very dedicated and trustworthy both on and off the pitch, he was also a grafter and a team player and loved watford FC. Not many of us can say we've played 100 games in the Football League so leave him alone. And don't send him away not loving the club he spent a lot of years at working hard to gain a profession. Goldenboy1960
  • Score: 13

1:06am Thu 20 Mar 14

keith5190 says...

If only he was the original 'Ross Jenkins', how we need 'him' at this time like he did off Luther. What a disaster his first few months were until GT got him in order. Bring back GT as adviser of bring back GZ as the attacking coach to Beppe's defensive prowes. Never shut the door on Malky but two defence minded coaches, i don't think so. GZ + BS, perfect and goodbye to the clown Nani. listen to us Pozzo's we know what is best for WFC, supporter since PNE in the 3rd round of the fa cupid 49/50 season.
If only he was the original 'Ross Jenkins', how we need 'him' at this time like he did off Luther. What a disaster his first few months were until GT got him in order. Bring back GT as adviser of bring back GZ as the attacking coach to Beppe's defensive prowes. Never shut the door on Malky but two defence minded coaches, i don't think so. GZ + BS, perfect and goodbye to the clown Nani. listen to us Pozzo's we know what is best for WFC, supporter since PNE in the 3rd round of the fa cupid 49/50 season. keith5190
  • Score: -1

8:51am Thu 20 Mar 14

Harry's Bar says...

Andrew1963 wrote:
The facts are that football is high casualty profession. For every player who makes the contribution to the first team like Ross Jenkins did 1,000 aspiring footballers fall by tHe wayside. I hope he.makes a living out of football, but He won't do so at Watford. For every Ashley Young there are dozens of Ross Jenkins; Jamie Hands;Dominic Blizards and Anthony. McNamees. All achieved more than most aspiring players could dream of, but none ultimately were good enough to play at Championship level. Puts into perspective how talented players like Lloyd Doyley really are and what brilliant business it was to get fees for Bouazza, etc.
Although I agree with the gist of your post for me it also shows that it's not all about talent. McNamee was far more talented than Lloyd but maybe he couldn't quite apply it in a high level game situation.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew1963[/bold] wrote: The facts are that football is high casualty profession. For every player who makes the contribution to the first team like Ross Jenkins did 1,000 aspiring footballers fall by tHe wayside. I hope he.makes a living out of football, but He won't do so at Watford. For every Ashley Young there are dozens of Ross Jenkins; Jamie Hands;Dominic Blizards and Anthony. McNamees. All achieved more than most aspiring players could dream of, but none ultimately were good enough to play at Championship level. Puts into perspective how talented players like Lloyd Doyley really are and what brilliant business it was to get fees for Bouazza, etc.[/p][/quote]Although I agree with the gist of your post for me it also shows that it's not all about talent. McNamee was far more talented than Lloyd but maybe he couldn't quite apply it in a high level game situation. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

10:00am Thu 20 Mar 14

northofwatfordpete says...

foreverorns wrote:
Give the lad a break, Only ever played his best given 100% everytime he played which was only about 100 games ,Not bad for someone who cant play ..under Brendan and Malky, Still Im sure you negative people know more than them,Talk about stabbing players in the back,Not what I would called supporters,Good luck Ross your a good player mate.
















malky
Have to agree with this. Ross was rated very highly by the club and was often picked out for praise by opposition fans. Some are lucky with injuries others not so - Ross it appears has had a difficult few years. I hope he finds a club soon and proves those bitter and twisted 'Watford Fans' on here to be wrong.

Good player with plenty of promise - just hasn't worked out so far.
[quote][p][bold]foreverorns[/bold] wrote: Give the lad a break, Only ever played his best given 100% everytime he played which was only about 100 games ,Not bad for someone who cant play ..under Brendan and Malky, Still Im sure you negative people know more than them,Talk about stabbing players in the back,Not what I would called supporters,Good luck Ross your a good player mate. malky[/p][/quote]Have to agree with this. Ross was rated very highly by the club and was often picked out for praise by opposition fans. Some are lucky with injuries others not so - Ross it appears has had a difficult few years. I hope he finds a club soon and proves those bitter and twisted 'Watford Fans' on here to be wrong. Good player with plenty of promise - just hasn't worked out so far. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 4

10:41am Thu 20 Mar 14

gloryhornet4 says...

grahamwfc wrote:
gloryhornet4 wrote:
No time for wanting to kick a man in the nads when he is down.

Good luck Ross.
At least one sensible, considerate post. Well said. Amongst a sea of moronic comments. If you haven't got anything nice to say, then say nothing
Thanks Graham,
nice to see we have both scored highly on this.
Regards,
Kevin, AKA Gloryhornet4
[quote][p][bold]grahamwfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gloryhornet4[/bold] wrote: No time for wanting to kick a man in the nads when he is down. Good luck Ross.[/p][/quote]At least one sensible, considerate post. Well said. Amongst a sea of moronic comments. If you haven't got anything nice to say, then say nothing[/p][/quote]Thanks Graham, nice to see we have both scored highly on this. Regards, Kevin, AKA Gloryhornet4 gloryhornet4
  • Score: 3

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