Watford hand another prospect a pro deal a year early

Watford have shown just how highly they rate young full-back David Sesay by handing him a professional deal early, despite him not playing a game this year.

Sesay has been sidelined since December with a knee problem, an issue that required surgery to repair a cartilage problem in his left knee. Sesay has not played since December 22 against Brentford, lasting just 37 minutes of the 2-2 draw with the Bees and it was thought he would be handed a one-year extension to his two-year scholarship deal to enable him to prove his eligibility for a pro deal.

David Sesay in FA Youth Cup action
David Sesay in FA Youth Cup action. Picture by Sean Hinks

However, the club have today made him the fourth scholar in the last year to be given a pro deal midway through his scholarship, following on from Michael Folivi, Obi Ogo and Ashley Charles. And a delighted Sesay has tweeted this evening that: “I’ll be back stronger if all goes well [with the rehab]”.

Harry Kewell rates Sesay highly and made him the regular right-back for most of the first half of the under-21 season. Sesay will have benefited, in particular, from a tough afternoon in October, at the hands of Charlton’s Ademola Lookman, the Addicks’ teenage winger who is sought after by all the big Premier League clubs.

David Sesay in action at Vicarage Road. Picture by Sean Hinks
David Sesay in action at Vicarage Road. Picture by Sean Hinks

“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,” said academy chief Chris McGuane. “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.”