First Team 09/07/2018

Deulofeu: “I Want To Make My Space Here With Watford”

Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu has been enjoying the Great British heatwave since rejoining the club from Barcelona this summer, and he spoke to the Hornets' official YouTube channel about his hunger to help the club progress and get back to his best. 

He took a stroll around the Golden Boys' London Colney training ground, as the Hornets got back to work in the first week of pre-season training. 

Watch the full interview, or read some key snippets, below.


COMING BACK TO WATFORD

“My time here was good. I was unlucky with the injury, but this summer Watford negotiated with me and finally I am here.

“It is a great opportunity, a good option for me and I will give 100 per cent to help Watford.

“I am here because I think Watford is a great team, we have a lot of good players, and we have to work and achieve a good position in the Premier League because the team can do this. Everyday we work and I am here because my confidence in Watford is good confidence.”

TARGETS FOR THE NEW SEASON

“We have a good team, we have a great group, so we have to put a lot of work in every day and we have to complete our objective this season.

“I have played in three leagues, but I know that the Premier League is different. The passion of the football here is amazing. I want to make my space here in the Premier League with Watford.

“I recovered [from the injury] in two months - so quickly! I played the last two or three games, but my feeling was not the best.

“Now I am feeling good. We have to prepare in pre-season, and I am not there yet, but I am ready for the new season.

“We have six weeks of pre-season, but the focus is on the first match of the Premier League, so we have to work a lot and be ready for this season because I feel hungry for making a good season.”

Ladies 08/07/2018

Ladies: Shakes Signs

Watford FC Ladies is pleased to announce that former Crystal Palace forward Roschelle Shakes has joined the Golden Girls.

Shakes had previously been a key figure for Palace in recent years, playing a big role as they achieved two promotions in three seasons to reach the third tier of women’s football.

In the 2016/17 season she netted 13 times in 27 games as she helped her side finish fifth in the league.

While the previous campaign was a more frustrating one due to injury, she’s excited for the new opportunity at Watford.

“I wanted a new start,” she revealed. “I came to look at Watford towards the end of last season and really liked the set-up.

“I was really impressed with what they’re trying to achieve this season and wanted a new challenge.

“I’ve got experience of playing in this league for two seasons now, so I think that I can navigate it well and can help bring the new girls through.”

While having been amongst the goals while at her previous club, there’s a lot more to the new arrival’s game.

“I think I’ve got a good goal scoring record but that’s not always what I’m about,” she told watfordfc.com.

“I’m about setting up and bringing players into the game. I think my previous seasons have proved that I can create goals but also that I can score them as well.”

With training resuming and the first friendly now only a little over a fortnight away, Shakes is ready to hit the ground running.

“I’m definitely looking forward to pre-season,” the new signing explained. “I feel like it’s a personal milestone for myself as last season wasn’t particularly great for me, I got injured and then took a bit of a break and just wanted to reassess.

“A season and a half ago I thought I was there but injuries happen, it’s about having that recovery step and I feel that I’m in the right place to do well.”

She added: “It’s good for me to get back onto the pitch, getting my touches and enjoying it. I like what Armand [Kavaja] and the whole team have got to say about what they want from me for the season.

“I’m ready to put in the hard work and graft in pre-season and show everyone what I’m about.”