Academy scholar Alex Jakubiak signs two-year professional contract with Watford

This Is Local London: Alex Jakubiak in action in the FA Youth Cup win over then holders Norwich City earlier this year. Picture: Holly Cant Alex Jakubiak in action in the FA Youth Cup win over then holders Norwich City earlier this year. Picture: Holly Cant

Academy scholar Alex Jakubiak has joined the professional ranks at Watford after signing a two-year deal.

The 17-year-old striker, who made his first-team debut in the last game of the season against Huddersfield Town, has netted 23 goals for the Hornets Under-18s and in the Under-21 Premier League Cup and the club have an option to extend his contract by a further year.

The Watford Observer first reported at the end of March that Jakubiak was one of four scholars who would be given professional contracts. The Hornets refused to confirm the identity of the players at that stage but we understand the deals to sign central defenders Josh Doherty and Jorrell Johnson and midfielder George Byers are now close to being finalised.

Watford have also confirmed that Academy players Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Bobson Bawling, Ollie Cox, Kurtis Cumberbatch, Chris Dillon, Ryan Hope and Daniel Wilks will be leaving the club when their scholarships end.

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9:05pm Fri 9 May 14

SuperHorn says...

Good to see him sign. Looked like he could be promising with what he contributed against Huddersfield. He probably needs to strengthen up a bit though
Good to see him sign. Looked like he could be promising with what he contributed against Huddersfield. He probably needs to strengthen up a bit though SuperHorn
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9:56pm Fri 9 May 14

cliff46 says...

Glad we signed the lad.
Having just watched QPR v Wigan I was impressed by young Rob Keirnon's performance, we were daft to let him leave Watford.
Glad we signed the lad. Having just watched QPR v Wigan I was impressed by young Rob Keirnon's performance, we were daft to let him leave Watford. cliff46
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10:41pm Fri 9 May 14

harrowboy says...

Kiernon left because he (or his agent) thought he was worth a better contract than Watford were offering. After early promise and a couple of loans he was not close to breaking into the first team squad. Disappointing as he was once described as the best passer of a 40 yard ball in the club.
He was eventually picked up by Wigan but it has taken him 3 years & the arrival of Uwe Rossler (at Brentford when he was on loan there?) to break into the first team. Good luck to him though.
But I digress, good luck to Alex who showed some nice touches on his debut last week..
Kiernon left because he (or his agent) thought he was worth a better contract than Watford were offering. After early promise and a couple of loans he was not close to breaking into the first team squad. Disappointing as he was once described as the best passer of a 40 yard ball in the club. He was eventually picked up by Wigan but it has taken him 3 years & the arrival of Uwe Rossler (at Brentford when he was on loan there?) to break into the first team. Good luck to him though. But I digress, good luck to Alex who showed some nice touches on his debut last week.. harrowboy
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11:38pm Fri 9 May 14

D.unstable says...

Well done Alex, now you have to learn how to put in what you did in the first 15 minutes last week over 90 minutes, sounds easy!!!
Well done Alex, now you have to learn how to put in what you did in the first 15 minutes last week over 90 minutes, sounds easy!!! D.unstable
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10:06am Sat 10 May 14

Bobbyhowfield says...

I think its a great shame that we loose someone named Jazzi Barnum-Bobb,
I can't imagine what song our away fans would choose to incorporate this mouthful !!
Any suggestions
I think its a great shame that we loose someone named Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, I can't imagine what song our away fans would choose to incorporate this mouthful !! Any suggestions Bobbyhowfield
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