News: First-Team Player Updates

By: Watford FC Staff

Discussions are continuing between the Hornets and representatives of three out-of-contract senior players: Craig Cathcart, Tom Cleverley and Dan Gosling.

With nearly 20 years’ combined service to Watford between the trio, all parties have agreed that there should be no rush in determining what – if any – future any one of them might have with the club.

Technical Director Ben Manga said: “We must continue to assess what is best to support our Head Coach Valérien [Ismaël] so it is important that we do not close off any options right now, while it is still early in the summer.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Leandro Bacuna and striker Britt Assombalonga will definitely not be remaining at Vicarage Road. The club thanks them for their contribution and wishes them both well for the future.

Four of these five names will appear on the ‘Retained & Released List’ against Watford FC’s name when the EFL makes its official publications soon. Dan Gosling’s name will not; his contract was cancelled by mutual consent ahead of season’s end, however he has continued to rehab with the club’s support staff after his Achilles tear late last year.

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