23/07/2015

OFFICIAL: Kewell Appointed Under-21 Coach

WATFORD FC is pleased to announce the appointment of former Australian international Harry Kewell as the club’s new Under-21 Coach.

Kewell will oversee the Hornets’ Under-21 side as they embark on their first season in the Under-21 Professional Development League 2 South.

The 36-year-old hung up his playing boots last year after an illustrious career which included spells with the likes of Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray, as well as 56 caps for the Australian national team – including appearances at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.

Kewell – who was voted Australia’s greatest ever footballer by players, supporters and media in 2012 – has since established a successful youth academy in his native homeland and has a great deal of experience in the development of young players.

Watford’s Sporting Director Luke Dowling said: “We are delighted that Harry has agreed to join us as our new Under-21 Coach.

“Harry enjoyed an extremely successful career as a player, and he now has a proven track record when it comes to working with and nurturing gifted young footballers.

“His knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to the club’s youth setup as a whole, and the talented players we have within our Under-21 group.”

First Team 22/07/2015

Britos | “I Didn't Need To Think Twice”

MIGUEL BRITOS says some high-profile former teammates helped convince him that Watford were the right club for the next step in his career.

The Uruguayan defender penned a three-year deal with the Hornets earlier today (Wednesday), and demonstrated an impressive knowledge of the club's past and present when speaking to watfordfc.com

"I know that Watford played in the FA Cup Final against Everton, and that the club has been in the Premier League before," he said.

"I knew about the club because the Pozzo family is well-known in Italy, and I spoke to Valon Behrami, my ex-teammate at Napoli, and he told me about the club also.

"I also spoke to Pepe Reina, who said that when he played for Liverpool against Watford in 2007 they were very difficult to play against, especially at home, and he said good things about the club and English football."

Britos - pictured above with fellow new Watford signing Behrami - lists Napoli and Bologna as his most recent former clubs, and despite enjoying his time in Italy, the centre-back admits he's always been keen on a move to England.

"I have been in Italy for seven years and the experience was great. Not only for me as a footballer, but as a person as well," he said.

"But I always loved watching the Premier League so as soon as the opportunity to join Watford came up I didn't need to think twice about it, I wanted to come straight away.

"My ambition is to help Watford to stay in the Premier League, and it is now a matter of concentrating hard on winning every game."