Watford FC has waved goodbye to their beloved captain Troy Deeney following his move to Birmingham FC.
The legendary striker, who had been club captain since 2014, bid an emotional farewell after proving surplus to requirements in head coach Xisco Muñoz’s Premier League plans.
The 33-year-old Birmingham-born powerhouse told Watford FC that the emotions brought on by his departure were “sadness and loss, similar to losing a family member.”
He added: “Most of all I feel tremendous pride over what I’ve achieved in the past 12 years and the friendships and connections I’ve made with staff and fans. I couldn’t have wished for better supporters to be holding me up.”
Hornets’ chairman and CEO, Scott Duxbury, who famously stood by Deeney when he was jailed for 10 months in 2012 for affray, said: “Through the many highs and the occasional lows, Troy Deeney’s name has been inextricably linked for 11 years with Watford Football Club.
“I believe we have been good for him and I know he has been incredibly good for us.
“For my own part I reflect, as chairman and CEO, on a very positive and mutually respectful relationship with Troy where we’ve always sought to find outcomes that achieve success for the club and everybody associated with it.
“This hasn’t always been easy, but if you know Troy like we do, then you’ll know the easy option would never had led to the success we’ve enjoyed together.
“He has shared the low points and the extraordinary high points 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 supporters – none more so than ‘that goal’ in May 2013.”
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