SEBASTIAN PRODL describes his switch from Werder Bremen to Premier League newcomers Watford as a dream come true.
The 28-year-old defender called time on a seven-year spell with the German Bundesliga outfit last month, signing a five-year deal to join up with the Hornets.
“The decision to leave Werder Bremen was hard, but the decision to come to the Premier League and to come to Watford was very easy,” Prodl told watfordfc.com
“I have dreamed about getting a contract in the Premier League and in the summer I got the opportunity to come to Watford, so it was easy for me to decide.
“I met Mr Pozzo and I was impressed with his ideas, so I became interested in trying to make a contract with Watford. I had a good feeling about the people here, and I think it’s a good choice to come here.
“I’m very excited to be part of this team and part of the Premier League, and I’m very much looking forward to the big challenge.”
A former team-mate of Per Mertesacker’s, Prodl says he spoke to the Arsenal and Germany defender before and after completing his move to Watford.
“When I first signed here I met Per in London and he gave me some good recommendations about the area, because their training ground is nearby,” admitted Prodl, who earned his 50th cap for the Austrian national team last month.
“He also gave me a good feeling about coming to the Premier League. He knows me as a player and as a human, so he recommended that I come and I’m very excited about it.”
Prodl played 174 times for German top-flight side Werder Bremen, including outings in the Champions League and Europa League – losing to Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2009 final of the latter competition.
But the former Sturm Graz centre-half reckons playing in the Premier League will top each of those experiences.
“I know that the German league is a very good league and one of the best in the world, but I don’t think you can compare it with the Premier League,” he said.
“The passion for the football here, the passion of the fans, the stadiums, and the big clubs you’re going to play against, there’s nothing better in the world. I’m very excited to get this experience.
“I hope I can play a very good part for the team. Watford got promoted last year and the first season’s always difficult, but never underestimate the underdogs because we’re looking forward to staying with the team in the Premier League.”