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Former Watford captain Troy Deeney has spoken of his grief and pride after confirming his 11-year stint at the club is over.
Tea 33-year-old striker, whose contract was due to expire at the end of the season, resigns as a free agent, with reports suggesting he has signed a two-year deal with boyhood club Birmingham.
Speaking in a video message sent by Hornets and the player himself on social media, Deeney said: “It is strange to be asked to express my feelings for Watford Football Club and the feelings associated with leaving this wonderful place.
“I feel grief and a loss that is similar to losing a family member.
“I feel excited about my new journey and what is to come in the future.
“Most of all, I feel an enormous pride in what I have achieved over the last 12 years and the friendships and connections we have created – people, staff, fans. Watford has literally changed my life. ”
“I love you.” 💛
In an emotional and heartfelt message, Troy Deeney addresses supporters as his 11-year spell on Vicarage Road ends … pic.twitter.com/SQKZSikJGx
– Watford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 30, 2021
Deeney joined Watford from Walsall in 2010 and went on to make over 400 appearances, scoring 140 goals for the club.
The player, who was sentenced to 10 months in prison for affray in 2012, continued: “Watford is a small part of Planet Earth, but in some of the most turbulent years of my life, it was the center of my universe and I could not I would not wish better supporters kept me up and I have really been honored to be the captain of the club and the fan representative on the pitch. ”
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Watford pays tribute to Deeney
Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury told the club’s website: “Through the many heights and occasional downturns, Troy Deeney’s name has been inextricably linked for 11 years with Watford Football Club.
“I think we have been good to him and I know he has been incredibly good to us.
“For my own part, as chairman and CEO, I reflect on a very positive and mutually respectful relationship with Troy, where we have always sought to find results that achieve success for the club and everyone associated with it.
“It has not always been easy, but if you know Troy as we do, you know that the easy solution would never have led to the success we have had together.
He has shared the lows and extraordinary highlights of the club’s journey under the ownership of the Pozzo family, including creating moments that will last a lifetime in the memories of all Watford fans – no more than ‘that goal’ (in the Play-off semi-final in the Championship against Leicester) in May 2013. ”