UPDATE: Luke O’Nien sought Tommie Hoban's advice when joining Wealdstone on loan

Watford Observer: O’Nien made his debut his Watford against Barnsley. Picture: Dave Peters O’Nien made his debut his Watford against Barnsley. Picture: Dave Peters

Luke O’Nien says he sought advice from Tommie Hoban before joining runaway Ryman Premier leaders Wealdstone on loan, in a deal which will expire on April 27.

The 19-year-old, who has already developed a reputation for being one of the club's hardest workers, made his Hornets first-team debut against Barnsley on March 15.

Head coach Beppe Sannino is a huge fan of O'Nien but the club have decided to loan out the Academy graduate because they have six midfielders in front of him in the pecking order.

"I’d like to thank Watford for preparing me well all this season and I’m now looking forward to working with Wealdstone," O’Nien told Watford's website.

"I’ve been following them and they seem to be doing very well at the moment, so I’m going to go and give it my all and work my hardest there.

"I spoke to Tommie about it, I remember when he was there he got quite a few games and he enjoyed his time and learnt a lot, so I’m looking forward to doing the same.

"I just can’t wait to start working there. I’m going to work my hardest whether on or off the pitch and hopefully carry on the good form they’ve had."

Wealdstone are ten points clear at the top of the Ryman Premier and have games in hand on the sides below them.

The non-league club have a long-standing relationship with the Hornets. Marvin Sordell, Britt Assombalonga, Connor Smith and Theo Robinson are just some of the professional footballers who have had their careers enhanced by a spell at Grosvenor Vale.

O'Nien is from Hemel Hempstead and joined Watford at Under-9 level.

Read an interview with O'Nien after he made his Hornets debut here.

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5:56pm Thu 27 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

Seems a good move. I had no idea that Wealdstone are doing so well, even though they play about 2 miles away from my home.
Seems a good move. I had no idea that Wealdstone are doing so well, even though they play about 2 miles away from my home. andyhooked
  • Score: 3

7:00pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mellow yellow says...

andyhooked wrote:
Seems a good move. I had no idea that Wealdstone are doing so well, even though they play about 2 miles away from my home.
They are the class outfit of the division and will romp the title. Great experience for the lad. Some of the teams at that (my own local team amongst them) play some cracking football. Well beyond what you might expect from seventh tier.
[quote][p][bold]andyhooked[/bold] wrote: Seems a good move. I had no idea that Wealdstone are doing so well, even though they play about 2 miles away from my home.[/p][/quote]They are the class outfit of the division and will romp the title. Great experience for the lad. Some of the teams at that (my own local team amongst them) play some cracking football. Well beyond what you might expect from seventh tier. mellow yellow
  • Score: 3

7:30pm Thu 27 Mar 14

D.unstable says...

Anyone fancy a ground share? This lad s going to be a big star in 2/3 years time.
Anyone fancy a ground share? This lad s going to be a big star in 2/3 years time. D.unstable
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Thu 27 Mar 14

shalvey says...

D.unstable wrote:
Anyone fancy a ground share? This lad s going to be a big star in 2/3 years time.
Ground share?
Watford stung Wealdstone for £2m the last time they had a ground share!
[quote][p][bold]D.unstable[/bold] wrote: Anyone fancy a ground share? This lad s going to be a big star in 2/3 years time.[/p][/quote]Ground share? Watford stung Wealdstone for £2m the last time they had a ground share! shalvey
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9:22am Fri 28 Mar 14

bristol hornet says...

It appears that Wealdstone do not really need him to win the title at a romp. So why not give the young lad some valuable first team experience with us in the remaining games, which now have become fairly meaningless?
Seems a strange decision to me.
It appears that Wealdstone do not really need him to win the title at a romp. So why not give the young lad some valuable first team experience with us in the remaining games, which now have become fairly meaningless? Seems a strange decision to me. bristol hornet
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