24/07/2015

OFFICIAL: Hornets Seal Berghuis Signing

STEVEN BERGHUIS has become Watford’s 10th signing of the summer after joining from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.

The 23-year-old winger, who is comfortable playing on either flank, has agreed terms on a 4-year deal with the Hornets.

Berghuis has earned much praise for his performances in the Eredivisie since moving to AZ in 2012, scoring 11 goals in 22 league games last season, adding to the nine he managed from 29 matches in 2013/14.

His impressive form resulted in a first international call-up to the full Netherlands squad ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Latvia last month.

A product of the FC Twente youth system, Berghuis made his professional debut in 2011 and went on to appear in both the Champions League and the Europa League, before a spell on loan at VVV-Venlo during the first half of 2012.

Ahead of the 2012/13 campaign he secured a switch from Twente to AZ, where he made 92 appearances in total over the last three years.

Berghuis has represented Netherlands at both Under-21 and Under-19 levels.

First Team 24/07/2015

Holebas | “I’m Happy To Be Here”

JOSE HOLEBAS arrives at Vicarage Road with a bagful of experience, something he believes will benefit his new club.

The 31-year-old signed for Watford from AS Roma, and believes the experience he already has against English teams will help prepare him for the challenges the Premier League will pose.

“It is a tough league. I’ve played twice against Arsenal and also against Manchester City in the Champions League, so big teams in England, and it was really tough,” he exclusively told watfordfc.com.

“But I feel as though I understand better how they play now.”

Holebas is a Greece international and has also played in the Champions League with Roma and Olympiakos, and he believes he can use this to help the club on the pitch, as well as the younger players off it.

“I have some experience and there are some young guys here, so I think I can help them with my experience,” he said.

“The first thing we need to do is stay in the Premier League next season. That is the main thing.”

Holebas has been with the Watford squad for a couple of weeks now, and he is pleased with how things have been going so far.

“I’m happy to be here and we are working hard. That is what we have to do in pre-season," he said.

“Everybody knows we are a little bit of a smaller club so we have to work on our fighting spirit and team spirit and the rest will come later.”