Troy Deeney extends contract with Watford

Watford captain Troy Deeney, whose earlier contract was set to expire in 2016, has signed a new five-year deal with the club.

Deeney has scored 81 goals in 220 Championship appearances in his first five years at Watford. In the 2014-15 season, he scored 21 goals as his side finished second to Bournemouth, earning them automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The 27-year-old scored 20 goals or more in each of his last three campaigns and was instrumental to Watford earning top-flight football, earning him the award for Watford Player of the Season.

His fine season at Vicarage Road has attracted attention from Newcastle United and Swansea City, but the striker has chosen to extend his contract with the Hornets and attempt to survive a season in the Premier League under new manager Quique Flores.

The no. 9 will most likely feature alongside strike partner Matej Vydra, who signed on with the club on Thursday, on 8 August in Watford’s first Premier League appearance in eight years.