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Wales youth international midfielder signs for Watford

Wales youth international Rhyle Ovenden says he has signed a contract with Watford.

The midfielder, who turned 17 in August, has been at Chesterfield for the past year after being released by Brighton. He is likely to have signed a contract as a scholar rather than a professional.

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The recommendation of Ovendale could well have come from David Hughes, Watford’s former youth team coach who is part of the Wales youth setup.

The Eastbourne-born Ovenden, who qualifies to play for Wales through his grandfather, once scored the winner for Wales U17s against Iceland and has played six games in the Uefa European U17 Championship.

Ovenden has done well to earn a contract with the Hornets as the likes of Ronaldo Deaconu, Laste Dombaxe, Germaine Ofori, Ellis Brown and Jerry Amoo have all failed to earn deals after trials this summer.

The club are yet to respond to our request and confirm the deal.