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BEN WATSON JOINS WATFORD

23 January 2015

Club agrees for midfielder Watson to spend the rest of the season at Watford.

The club can confirm that a deal has been agreed with Watford for midfielder Ben Watson to spend the rest of the season with Watford.

The 29 year-old’s contract is up at the end of the season and Latics manager Malky Mackay feels it is best for all parties that the move was sanctioned.

“Ben will always be a hero at this club, and rightly so,” said Mackay, “not just for the goal in the FA Cup Final, but for being a terrific professional for six years. However, sometimes you have to make really difficult decisions in football.  Ben is in the last six months of his contract and I need players here who are 100% focused on helping us this season and beyond. We have to be realistic and do what’s best for the football club financially.

“When the move was first discussed Ben felt it would be something he would be interested in and the opportunity to move back near his family is important to him. We respect that, wish him all the best and thank him very much for what he has done at this club, but it’s time to move on.”

Watson was signed by Steve Bruce from Crystal Palace in 2009. He has played 133 times for Latics, scoring 20 goals, including of course the winner in the 2013 FA Cup Final.

He has missed the best part of two seasons with two broken legs during his time at the club, and only returned to action from eight months out in November.

He has had two previous loan spells earlier in his career, at QPR and West Bromwich Albion.

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