Watford refuse to confirm if four scholars have been given professional contracts

Watford refuse to confirm if four scholars have been given pro deals

Jorell Johnson (top) is believed to be one of four Hornets scholars given a professional contract. Picture Holly Cant

Josh Doherty is another who is believed to have been given a pro deal. Picture Holly Cant

George Byers is believed to be one of four Hornets scholars given a professional contract. Picture Holly Cant

Alex Jakubiak is another who is believed to have been given a pro deal. Picture Holly Cant

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The Hornets have refused to confirm which scholars have been given professional contracts - stating they will make an announcement shortly.

We understand Watford's second-year scholars were told who would - and who wouldn't - be given pro deals last week.

It is believed Under-18s captain Jorell Johnson, centre back partner Josh Doherty, midfielder George Byers and striker Alex Jakubiak were give contracts by the Golden Boys. The players were also listed on social media by several people over the weekend.

But when asked if they could confirm if those were the four players given professional contracts, Watford said they plan to make an announcement shortly regarding the decisions on second-year scholars.

Johnson is a centre half who travelled with the first team whilst still a first-year scholar. But he did miss a few months earlier this season following ankle surgery.

Doherty is a left-footed centre back who plays for Northern Ireland Under-19s. He can also be used in midfield and takes penalties for Watford Under-18s.

George Byers is a cultured central midfield player and Scotland at youth level. He is capable of spectacular long-range goals, as he showed against Norwich City in the FA Youth Cup earlier this season.

Alex Jakubiak is the Under-18s top scorer this season, with 23 goals in 23 appearances if you include the Premier League Under-21 Cup. He is currently on loan at Braintree Town and has made one start and six substitute appearances, scoring one goal.

One of last year's scholars, Luke O'Nien, is still waiting to find out if he will be given a contract extension by Watford. Read more here.

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2:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Seaside Horn says...

Love how the Wobbly love to try and make a big deal of stories like this by saying Watford "refuse" to comment as if they are hiding the secrets. The club have clearly stated they will make a statement soon. Thats not refusing to comment
Love how the Wobbly love to try and make a big deal of stories like this by saying Watford "refuse" to comment as if they are hiding the secrets. The club have clearly stated they will make a statement soon. Thats not refusing to comment Seaside Horn
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5:15pm Mon 31 Mar 14

andyhooked says...

Seaside Horn says...

Love how the Wobbly love to try and make a big deal of stories like this by saying Watford "refuse" to comment as if they are hiding the secrets. The club have clearly stated they will make a statement soon. Thats not refusing to comment

In the age of 24 hour news and even non-news. Guess this is why the W.O. feel compelled to post stuff when they have nothing to say - just like my comment!!!
Seaside Horn says... Love how the Wobbly love to try and make a big deal of stories like this by saying Watford "refuse" to comment as if they are hiding the secrets. The club have clearly stated they will make a statement soon. Thats not refusing to comment In the age of 24 hour news and even non-news. Guess this is why the W.O. feel compelled to post stuff when they have nothing to say - just like my comment!!! andyhooked
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11:24pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Roger Joslyn says...

I think it is brave of the Wobbly to put up a story before it's officially announced. That's what journalism is all about isn't it? If true (which it probably is), we should congratulate the 4 lads who might be the next Kenny Jacket, Tommy Hoban, Sean Murray or Sir Lloyd.
I think it is brave of the Wobbly to put up a story before it's officially announced. That's what journalism is all about isn't it? If true (which it probably is), we should congratulate the 4 lads who might be the next Kenny Jacket, Tommy Hoban, Sean Murray or Sir Lloyd. Roger Joslyn
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12:59pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Sahorn says...

Roger Joslyn wrote:
I think it is brave of the Wobbly to put up a story before it's officially announced. That's what journalism is all about isn't it? If true (which it probably is), we should congratulate the 4 lads who might be the next Kenny Jacket, Tommy Hoban, Sean Murray or Sir Lloyd.
Yes - thanks for the heads up, WO....
[quote][p][bold]Roger Joslyn[/bold] wrote: I think it is brave of the Wobbly to put up a story before it's officially announced. That's what journalism is all about isn't it? If true (which it probably is), we should congratulate the 4 lads who might be the next Kenny Jacket, Tommy Hoban, Sean Murray or Sir Lloyd.[/p][/quote]Yes - thanks for the heads up, WO.... Sahorn
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