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BIO:ATTACKER OLLIE WATKINS was an effervescent and lively member of the Academy since his arrival as an Under-9.
Following the completion of his apprenticeship, he was offered a professional contract to begin in the 2014/15 season. He had already made his pro debut by that time, coming off the bench on the final day of the 2013/14 season away at Hartlepool, having been heavily involved in first-team training by that time.
He scored his first goal for the Grecians' first-team in a 3-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Coventry City in 2014/15 - he describes that as his best moment in football so far.
After a hat-trick against Plymouth Parkway in the Devon Bowl
and a brace against Southend United in the Under-21 Premier League Cup
, Watkins back-heeled the winner against Peterborough United
in the same competition and earned himself a first first-team appearance of the season off the bench in the 2-0 defeat at Barnet
. A surprise first start came in the Devon derby win at Plymouth, meaning Watkins is in the perfect position to launch his push to a regular first-team place. His first goal of the campaign sealed a 2-0 win over Port Vale in the FA Cup Second Round
, setting up a home tie against Liverpool in the next round. He scored his first goal for Exeter City as a dramatic late equaliser at home against Portsmouth
on March 1st 2016, and followed that up with the winner in the next game at Cambridge
. The goalscoring spell continued with the final goal in the 4-1 win at Notts County
A fourth goal of the month came at Crawley Town
, leading him to Ollie Watkins
POTM" href="http://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/news/article/ollie-watkins-wins-pfa-player-of-the-month-for-march-3036050.aspx">win the PFA Fans' Player of the Month Award. But it was in his next game that he became a bonafide Exeter City hero, scoring two late goals to win the Devon derby against Plymouth Argyle
. He scored a further two goals in the season, those coming in an away win at Yeovil Town and a home defeat to Mansfield Town.
Though Ollie would narrowly miss out on the golden boot by just a solitary goal, he would take home three awards at the end-of-season ball: The DSA Most Improved Player, the Norwegian Grecians Trophy and Goal of the Season for his match-winning strike against Plymouth Argyle.