Max Watters’ old Shenfield High School Sixth Form football coach Lee Thomas backing teenager to do well at Doncaster Rovers

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 May 2018

Local youngster Max Watters (right) in action for Essex County under-18s during the 2016/17 season (pic: Essex FA).

Local youngster Max Watters (right) in action for Essex County under-18s during the 2016/17 season (pic: Essex FA).


The former Barking loanee, who attended Hall Mead School, agreed a two-year professional contract with the League One club earlier this week

Max Watters (far, right) scores for Barking against Enfield in the Essex Senior League during the 2016/17 season (pic: Terry Gilbert). Max Watters (far, right) scores for Barking against Enfield in the Essex Senior League during the 2016/17 season (pic: Terry Gilbert).

Max Watters capped a whirlwind two years this week by signing a professional deal with League One outfit Doncaster Rovers after non-league success.

The 19-year-old will start working with Darren Ferguson on July 1, but has already been impressed the Rovers boss during his trial earlier this year.

It is a remarkable rise for the former Hall Mead School pupil and comes less than 12 months after he completed sixth form studies at Shenfield High School.

Watters was without a club in non-league football during the summer of 2016 and only played for Essex County under-18s.

It was with his county where his talent first started to catch the eye of those higher up the football pyramid and he went on to play for England Schoolboys in 2017.

By now he had signed for local non-league club Thurrock, then of the Isthmian North, and was enjoying a loan spell with Essex Senior League outfit Barking.

After bidding farewell to the Blues in September 2017, the one-time Shenfield High School student linked up with Kent club Ashford United.

It was here, in the Bostik South, where his talent alerted scouts at Doncaster as he scored eight goals in 27 appearances before injury ended his season early.

Watters will now look forward to being a professional footballer and one of his old coaches feels he could be a big success at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Shenfield High School football academy director Lee Thomas said: “Max was a real prestigious talent. He attended Shenfield High specifically for the football academy and had some fantastic times with us.

“Max helped the team to the national cup final in 2016 and broke the record for most goals scored in a single game with seven against Romford.

“And of course he had success with England Schoolboys, so I think Max could do very well at Doncaster and we will watch him carefully and we wish him all the very best.”

Watters has agreed a two-year deal with Rovers and will hope to create more highs in the 2018/19 campaign.

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