First Team 30/08/2016

Official | Return Of The Mapps

Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of defender Adrian Mariappa on a three-year deal.

The 29-year old rejoins the Hornets after spending three seasons at Crystal Palace, making 49 appearances in his time at Selhurst Park.

The Jamaica international has won 38 caps for his country and joined Reading in 2012 before moving to the Premier League with the Eagles in September 2013. 

Mariappa made 247 appearances in his first spell at Vicarage Road after graduating through the club's Academy and was voted the Golden Boys' 2011/12 Player of the Season. 

He will wear the number six shirt in Walter Mazzarri's Hornets' squad.

First Team 29/08/2016

Okaka | “The Club Has Fantastic Potential”

Stefano Okaka was all smiles yesterday at UCL as he signed a five-year deal with the Hornets.

The Italian international listed a number of reasons why the move excites him so much as he spoke exclusively to having finalised a transfer from Anderlecht. 

“It's very exciting,” he beamed. 

“I'm very happy to work with the Pozzo family and Walter Mazzarri, and I'm happy to be back in the Premier League, it's nice. 

“I know Watford is a family club, this is the first feeling I had when I arrived at the training ground. Everything is simple, I like that.

“I've never worked with him [Walter Mazzarri} and I'm excited, he's a fantastic trainer and he can help me to be better. I am excited to play with this team and this manager.”

His experience of the Premier League came with Fulham back in the 2010/11 season, and the striker says he’s a more mature footballer than when he turned out at Craven Cottage. 

“I was very young when I was at Fulham,” he explained. 

“I came to England then with just my talent. Now I come to England with talent and with my head. A lot changes in six years. 

“Now I want to play, to enjoy, to help my teammates to win for this club. My job is to score and play well for the team. I work hard every day in my career, so I'll work hard now and then we will see.”

A chance conversation with an old Hornets favourite and one of Okaka’s ex-teammates meant the former Roma man was in no doubt as to what sort of club he was joining. 

“I spoke with Marco Cassetti not now, but two years ago.” He nodded.  

“He said to me Watford is a very good club, it is always getting better. The club has fantastic potential, hopefully now we can do better than last year.”