A Stanmore College student who was released by Watford FC aged 13 has re-signed for the Hornets after a stint at United Select, as part of the college’s scholarship scheme.
Dawid Hamiga (pictured left), a 17 year old from Slough and grandson of former Polish Olympian Genowefa Nowaczyk-Błaszak, was released from Watford FC’s academy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dawid then joined Stanmore College’s Football Scholarship Scheme and played with United Select in a competitive league alongside his studies.
Dawid, who’s now playing for Watford’s Under 21s, said: “When I was released by Watford aged 13, I didn’t stop; I knew my time would come. I joined United Select and my journey started from there.
“When I got signed at Watford, it was amazing for me and for my family. It was the club I was at as a kid and to be back after being released was both hard and good at the same time.
“I have to give big credit to United Select and Stanmore College, because they helped me raise my confidence. I was playing week in and out, getting minutes, and just enjoying myself. Top coaches there helped me improve both on and off the pitch.”
Speaking about the influence of his grandma, he added: “My grandma plays a massive part in my career. She used to be a top-level athlete, so she’s got that winning mentality and never-give-up attitude that always pushed me to be the best I can and to never stop.”
Tristan Lewis, academy manager at United Select, said: “He’s such a talented boy, a fantastic ball carrier and left-footed right winger who can play inside. He’s very cultured and elegant with the ball, and I’m sure he’ll be developed well by Watford.
“He’s also got a great mentality. He was released at 13 from Watford and has worked hard to get himself back on track, but now comes the real challenge. Because he’s got a professional contract, he’ll need to prove himself and break into the first team.”
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