Teenage midfielder Ashley Charles and full-back David Sesay have signed their first professional deals at Watford.

Second-year scholar Charles, who first moved to Vicarage Road as an Under-14 player, has agreed a deal which will last until the end of the 2018/19 season.

He will complete the second year of his scholarship before linking up with the Hornets’ first team squad ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Charles, 17, was a regular for the Under-18s last season, helping them to win the Professional Development League Two South title.

He has also made a handful of appearances for Harry Kewell’s Under-21 side.

Charles follows in the footsteps of Ogo Obi and Michael Folivi, who also signed their first professional deals while undergoing their two-year scholarship with the club.

Speaking to Watford’s website, head of academy Chris McGuane said: “Ashley has worked extremely hard during the first year of his scholarship and continues to develop and improve as a player.

“He’s gained invaluable experience as part of the Under-18s and Under-21s over the past 12 months and he thoroughly deserves this opportunity to continue his progression with us over the next few years.”

Watford right-back Sesay has also signed a professional deal until the end of 2017-18.

He joined the club as an Under-9 in 2007 and was promoted to the Under-21 squad during last season until his campaign was ended by injury.  

McGuane said: “I’m delighted that David has been rewarded with this professional deal, which is no less than he deserves for his efforts over the past year. 

“David’s attitude and ability have impressed us all at the academy and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue to learn and progress in the future.”