Troy Deeney leaves Watford after 11 years with club

Jamie Spencer
Troy Deeney is leaving Watford and is tipped to join Birmingham
Troy Deeney is leaving Watford and is tipped to join Birmingham / Harriet Lander/Getty Images

Watford captain Troy Deeney is leaving the club after 11 years, 419 appearances and 160 goals and has declared that the Hornets will stay in his heart ‘forever’.

33-year-old Deeney, who struggled with injury last season and has only featured sparingly from the bench so far on the club’s return to the Premier League, has been let go a year before his contract was due to expire. He is now expected to join Championship club Birmingham.

“I feel excitement about my new journey and what's to come in the future, but most of all I feel tremendous pride at what I've achieved over the past 11 years and the friendships and connections we've made,” Deeney said in a farewell message to Watford fans.

“…the fans, you have been amazing. I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, I love you all. You've taken me into your hearts and I can never, ever repay that. Thank you.

“This club is now in my heart forever and I hope you know I left everything on the pitch every single time I played. I never cut corners and tried to give you the best version of me every single time.”

Hornets chairman Scott Duxbury 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.

“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.”

‘That goal’ saw Deeney score the dramatic winner for Watford against Leicester in the seventh minute of added time in the Championship playoff semi-final and has become an iconic EFL moment.

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