Birmingham has announced the signing of Troy Deeney on a two-year deal from Watford. The striker spent more than a decade at Watford, making more than 400 appearances for the club. Deeney had a year left on his contract but Watford allowed him to leave as a free agent. Birmingham is his hometown team and has agreed to join the club until 2023 with a further option of a year. Deeney joined Watford from Walsall in 2010 and scored 140 goals for the club in 419 appearances.

It’s weird being asked to express my feelings on my life at Watford Football Club and the emotions I feel about leaving a club so important to me.” Watford legend Troy Deeney said. “I feel sadness and loss, almost like a close family member has just died. I feel excited about my new journey and the rest of my life. Most of all I feel tremendous pride for what I’ve achieved and the friendships and connections I’ve made. Watford literally has changed my life.”

“The Watford family redeemed me and helped get me back on track when I was at my lowest ebb,” he added. “Watford is a small part of planet earth but for some of the most turbulent years of my life it was the centre of my universe and I couldn’t have wished for better supporters holding me up and I have been truly honoured to be the captain of that club and the fans’ representative on the pitch.”

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