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Youngster Jonathan Bond signs Watford deal

Jonathan Bond
Bond helped Watford under-18s to the quarters of the FA Youth Cup

Watford academy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond has agreed a three-year professional contract with the club.

The 17-year-old featured on the bench in the Championship during October and November last season, despite being a first-year scholar at the time.

Hornets boss Malky Mackay told the club's website: "Jonathan found himself on the bench last season.

"He trained with the first-team and it may have been surprising for him, but he's worked hard and it's paid off."

Bond will hope to follow in the footsteps of Scott Loach who, under the tutorship of goalkeeper coach Alec Chamberlain, made the step up from the Watford youth team to become a first-team regular.

"I'm delighted he is under the care of Alec, who has already brought Ben Foster on leaps and bounds, as well as our own Scott Loach," Mackay added.

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