IT IS a sign of how far the Hornets have come that they’re able to attract a player who won a Premier League medal with Manchester City just two seasons ago.
But for Romanian shot-stopper Costel Pantilimon, the decision on whether to make the move to Vicarage Road or not was an easy one to make.
“It’s a pleasure for me to sign for this club and I think it was the best option for me,” he exclusively told watfordfc.com
“It’s a new club in the Premier League at this moment and I like the project here.
“There are some very good players and the club is in a very good position, especially in the first year in the Premier League.
“I think it’s perfect and I hope to help the team to grow and get to the best level we can.”
Pantilimon joins the Hornets from fellow Premier League outfit Sunderland, and was in goal for the Black Cats when the two sides met at the Stadium of Light earlier in the campaign.
In goal for the Hornets on that day was regular custodian Heurelho Gomes, and Pantilimon is looking forward to challenging the Brazilian for the number one shirt.
“He’s a very good keeper, I know him from when we played against Watford, and he is a very nice guy," said the 6ft 8in keeper.
“It’s normal to have to fight for your position, it’s normal to have competition. I respect everyone and I just want to help the team.
“I like what’s happened here and I like the team, and I hope to have the chance to help the team also.
“I come here to be part of this group and to have good results together.”
Pantilimon, who has 20 caps for his country, also has League Cup and Community Shield medals to go with his Premier League silverware, and is confident his experience can be of benefit to his new team-mates.
“I’m hoping to give the fans a good keeper and to help the team,” he said.
“I think this is the most important thing at the moment. For everyone, every player, to build and help this team to stay up and have some good results.”