First Team 01/07/2019

Official: Dawson Deal Done

The Hornets have moved to strengthen their ranks by completing the permanent signing of Craig Dawson from West Bromwich Albion.

The defender has agreed terms on a four-year deal with Watford, keeping him at Vicarage Road until the summer of 2023.

A former England Under-21 international who also represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics, Dawson has a wealth of Premier League experience, having racked up more than 150 top-flight appearances for the Baggies.

The 29-year-old is comfortable in either a central defensive position or at right-back and in total played in 225 games during nine years at the Hawthorns, having spent time with Rochdale and Bolton earlier in his career.

He becomes the Hornets’ first new recruit ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Under-23's 01/07/2019

Under-23: Spencer-Adams Signs

Former Arsenal defender Bayli Spencer-Adams has joined Watford’s development squad on a one-year deal, with the club holding the option on an additional 12 months.

The 18-year-old centre-half, who left the Gunners earlier this year and has also previously played at youth level for West Ham and Tottenham, is the latest Under-23 recruit ahead of the start of the 2019/20 season.

“I’m buzzing to be here,” said Spencer-Adams, speaking to

“Watford is a really great club that pushed for Europe and got to a cup final last season, as well as playing a lot of young players, so it’s good to get this opportunity with a Premier League club.

“I’m a strong, physical defender who likes to get stuck in. I’m also comfortable on the ball and with my feet and I like to be a leader who communicates with my team.

“My target this year is to hopefully train regularly with the first-team and maybe make a few appearances on the bench, and eventually I’d like to break into the first-team.”