Troy Deeney confirms that he is leaving Watford

Troy Deeney file photo File photo dated 07-04-2019 of Watford
Troy Deeney file photo File photo dated 07-04-2019 of Watford

Watford striker Troy Deeney has confirmed his departure from the club after 11 years. The English man announced his departure in an emotional video posted on Twitter on Monday.

Deeney will join Championship side Birmingham on a free transfer before the transfer window closes.

The 33-year-old joined the Hornets in 2010 and made 419 appearances, scoring 140 goals. He developed a strong relationship with the fans in his 11 years at the club and was also captain of the side and a very vocal presence in the changing room.

Confirming his departure in a video, Deeney thanked the club’s fans for their support during his time at the club.

‘It’s weird being asked to express my feelings on my life at Watford Football Club and the emotions I feel about leaving a club so important to me.” Deeney said in the video.

‘I feel sadness and loss, almost like a close family member has just died. I feel excited about my new journey and the rest of my life.

‘Most of all, I feel tremendous pride for what I’ve achieved and the friendships and connections I’ve made. Watford literally has changed my life.

‘The Watford family redeemed me and helped get me back on track when I was at my lowest ebb.

‘Last but certainly not least to the fans – you have been amazing, and 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 repay you. This club is now in my heart forever, and I hope you know I left everything on the pitch.’

After seeing his desire to move elsewhere blocked in January, Deeney and Watford sat down together this summer to find a solution that will allow the striker to play regular football.

The last details of his departure are being finalised, and a medical is being scheduled with his new club.

Deeney’s move to Birmingham is expected to be confirmed very soon, with manager Lee Bowyer confirming in the weekend that his club was interested in Deeney.

‘All I would say is Troy (Deeney) is a good player. He is a good striker, scores goals, works hard for his team.” Bowyer said.

‘I know him; I have met him a couple of times, he seems like a winner.

‘Will there be others that are trying to sign Troy Deeney? Probably, if they are not, they are silly. He’s a good striker.’