Local youngster Max Watters 'over the moon' to sign for Football League club Doncaster Rovers

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 May 2018

Max Watters in action for Barking during the 2016/17 Essex Senior League campaign (pic: Terry Gilbert).

Max Watters in action for Barking during the 2016/17 Essex Senior League campaign (pic: Terry Gilbert).


The one-time Barking loanee, who attended Hall Mead School and Shenfield High School, has enjoyed a whirlwind two years

Local youngster Max Watters has secured himself a move to the Football League after signing a two-year deal with League One outfit Doncaster Rovers today.

The former Hall Mead pupil will link up with the club officially on July 1 and this switch caps a whirlwind two years for the teenager.

Watters was without a club even at semi professional level in the summer of 2016, but after impressing for the Essex under-18s signed terms with Isthmian outfit Thurrock.

The 19-year-old, who was only 17 at the time, then spent a period on loan at Barking and helped the Blues win the Essex Senior League title during the 2016/17 campaign.

It was the beginning of a successful period in non-league football for the Shenfield High School student and his displays earned him a call-up to the England Schoolboys squad where he made his debut against Australia in January 28 2017.

Watters’ performances saw him sign for Bostik South outfit Ashford United during the 2017/18 season and he quickly caught the eye at the Kent club so much so League One Rovers invited him for a trial which proved successful.

The one-time Essex under-18 youngster told the official Doncaster club website: “I’m over the moon, it’s always been an aim of mine to try and get a contract in the EFL so now it’s about working hard to keep improving.

“It’s such a friendly club and when I came here on trial they couldn’t have done anymore for me, the squad were really welcoming from my first day.

“I noticed the manager (Darren Ferguson) likes to give young players a chance, hopefully I’ve made my mark with the coaching staff to show them what I’m capable of.”

After an incredible rise over the past two years, Watters will hope this turns out to be just the start of the journey.

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