Watson joined his local club Brighton & Hove Albion as a trainee in 2001 where he stayed for three years before being released in 2004.|
The 5'10" striker was loaned out to Bognor Regis Town in 2004, and promptly signed after his free transfer from The Seagulls. Ben scored 64 times in 115 appearances for The Rocks, and earned himself a call-up to then named England National Game XI squad to play in the Four Nations Tournament.
Ben's goal scoring at Nyewood Lane caught the attention of Rushden & Diamonds who made a £25,000 bid for him in January 2006. However Ben rejected the move claiming he wasn't ready yet.
"It didn't feel right when Rushden came in for me last year. I was only 19 and I think it came a bit too early for me but I have matured now.” Ben stated.
"I am a much better player than I was 18 months ago and it feels right to make the step up now. It's a big relief everything is sorted out because I haven't really known where I was going to be next season throughout the summer."
Grays Athletic announced the signing of the 21 year-old striker on 5th July 2007. Watson admitted that the chance of full-time football was too great to turn down and was impressed with Justin Edinburgh's persistence.
Whilst at Bognor Town, Ben worked at Varndean School as a PE technician. He currently holds Uefa 'B' coaching badges for both football and futsal.
Watson was also called up to the newly named England C team in 2007 and has also represented the English futsal team on a number of occasions.
In March 2008, Watson joined Exeter City on loan until the end of the 2007/08 season, helping them to achieve promotion into the Football League.
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