Danny Welbeck is looking forward to reuniting with some former Manchester United teammates after agreeing a permanent contract with the Hornets earlier in the week.
The 28-year-old England forward – who arrived at Vicarage Road on a free transfer – is good friends with Tom Cleverley and Craig Cathcart, having risen through the Old Trafford ranks with the pair.
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“I know some of the boys already and they can’t speak highly enough of the club,” said Welbeck.
“I used to live in digs with Craig at United and I’ve spoken to Clevz a lot about the club. He said I’d really enjoy it here and thinks it’ll be a great match for me to come here.
“It seems like a great club with the whole surrounding environment. It’s a family-orientated place and that’s something that I value very highly.
“I’ve played against Watford and I like to watch football so I’ve seen them play on TV a lot and I know the team, and I think this is a place where I can really flourish.
“The squad we’ve got here is full of good players and people who I’m really looking forward to playing with and trying to push to that next level.”
With 206 Premier League appearances to his name as well as one league title, one FA Cup and two League Cup medals – not to mention 16 goals in 42 international caps – Welbeck comes with bags of experience.
Injury restricted him to 16 outings for Arsenal and England in 2018/19, but the striker says he’s in good shape and feels he has a point to prove with the Hornets.
“There’s lots more to come. I know that I’ve got so much more to show the Premier League,” he said.
“It’s been frustrating at times but I can’t just dwell on that and let that get me down. I’m focused on now and being better than I ever have been.
“I’m feeling really good and really strong, and I’m looking forward to this challenge ahead.”
Welbeck wasn’t short of takers, having become a free agent following his departure from the Emirates Stadium at the end of last season, but the forward says Vicarage Road felt like the right place to continue his career.
“There’s been longstanding interest from Watford and as I was a free agent this summer I had lots of talks with clubs from England and abroad,” he said.
“But I think this is the perfect place for me to come to, and that’s what I took into consideration whilst talking to various teams.
“I’m really looking forward to showcasing my talents, being back out on the pitch and playing football, doing the thing I love most.
“I think this is the right place for me to be and I’m looking forward to it.”