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Watford loan spell was 'very important' to Tomasz Kuszczak prior to Brighton move
10:50am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
Tomasz Kuszczak says he wouldn’t be at Brighton & Hove Albion if it wasn’t for his loan spell at Watford and says he was willing to become a Hornet before the Seagulls swooped for the goalkeeper.
The Poland international had not played for Manchester United all season and was considered fourth choice at Old Trafford before he joined Watford on loan in February 2012.
The 31-year-old excelled during his 13 appearances for the Golden Boys and was wanted by several clubs that summer when his Manchester United contract expired.
“The time I had on loan to Watford was very important to me,” Kuszczak said.
“I hadn’t had regular football for eight months and it was an opportunity for me to go and the manager Sean Dyche gave me a chance to play for him.
“It was fantastic for me because maybe that’s why I’m here.
“Things move very quickly in football and, when you aren’t playing for a long time, people forget about you.
“People ask questions. What is his form like? Is he fit? Is he motivated? What’s going on with this person if he hasn’t played for so long?
“That was a time when I was in that position.
“I went to Watford, I played games, I built my confidence, I enjoyed it and I tasted football after a long time not playing.
“It was a great time for me. It was short but I enjoyed it.”
He continued: “I talked to Sean Dyche at the time and he wanted me to stay and I was quite open to that.
“But the situation then at Watford was different to how it is now. They just couldn’t affords to sign me.
“It’s not like I asked for something crazy but the club was struggling a little bit and that is why I didn’t sign.
“I was playing there so obviously they were the first to talk to me about staying longer but we didn’t find a solution.”
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