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Watford announce who will be released in the summer
Watford have decided the fates of their second-year scholars and added 'hard worker' Chez Isaac to list who have been handed professional contracts this season.
Midfielder Isaac has had an impressive season in the youth team and follows second-year scholars Adam Thompson, Jonathan Bond, Gavin Massey and first-year scholars Sean Murray and Jack Bonham in being handed a pro deal during the 2010/11 campaign.
Manager Malky Mackay has been impressed with what he has seen from the youngster this season and named him on the first team bench twice at the beginning of March.
"As the season has gone on, he's [Isaac’s] certainly improved and I think he's worthy of a chance, and that's what he's been given,” Mackay said.
"His attitude is excellent and he's someone who's worked hard and I like that in youngsters - to the point where he's had a chance in our squad and has been on the bench."
Attacker Britt Assombalonga will also become a professional next season. His scholarship was structured different to most as he only joined the Academy late last season and will automatically become a professional in the summer.
Watford, renowned for their excellent youth system, named nine academy products in the squad that faced Hull at the weekend.
However, it was of course not good news for all of the second-year scholars. Oliver Archer, Greg Deer, Faisal Hemati, Jamie Irving, Adam Fenwick and Jake Rosier were told that their futures lie elsewhere.
The Hornets have however assured that as part of their 'duty of care', they will assist the scholars in finding a new club.
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