First Team 06/07/2018

Official: Zárate Leaves Hornets

Mauro Zárate has left the Hornets and returned to his native Argentina after signing with Boca Juniors for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old, who first arrived at Watford in January 2017, has completed a permanent move to the 33-time Argentine Primera División champions.

Zárate played three times for the Hornets before suffering a serious knee injury in February 2017, and the forward spent time on loan with Al Nasr and Vélez Sarsfield during 2017/18.

First Team 06/07/2018

Career In Pictures: Ben Foster

Fresh from re-signing for the Golden Boys, watfordfc.com takes a look at Ben Foster's story so far...


Ben Foster was born in Leamington Spa in 1983.

He joined Stoke City in 2001, though he never made an appearance for the Potters, spending time out on loan at Bristol City, Tiverton Town, Stafford Rangers, Kidderminster Harriers and Wrexham.

His goalkeeping potential was great enough for Manchester United to sign the then 22-year-old, and the Red Devils loaned him to Watford one month later in the summer of 2005.

Foster's performances in the 2005/06 Championship campaign helped the Hornets in their unlikely rise to the Premier League, so much so that Aidy Boothroyd extended his initial season-long loan for the 2006/07 campaign.

While Watford were to be relegated from the top-flight at the first attempt, Foster’s individual performances were so good that he was named the club's 2006/07 Player of the Season.

Returning to Manchester United, and largely thanks to the experience he gained at Watford, Foster went on to make 23 first-team outings for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side, winning the League Cup in 2008/09 and 2009/10.

But, in search of greater playing time, Foster joined Birmingham City in 2010, winning their Player of the Season award in his one campaign at St Andrew’s.

The Blues were relegated from the Premier League that season, but Foster gained another League Cup winners’ medal after the surprise defeat of Arsenal.

Foster joined West Bromwich Albion on loan for the 2011/12 season, playing all but one of their league games, and subsequently made the move permanent.

The 35-year-old shot-stopper has also made eight international appearances for the Three Lions over the course of his career, making his debut under the management of Steve McClaren while still a Watford player.

Foster brought a seven-season stay with the Baggies to an end by returning to Vicarage Road this week in a two-year permanent deal.