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Hornets fan Charlie Doris discusses whether Lloyd Doyley could be Watford's final one club man
The Jamaican international’s 432nd game for the Hornets against Barnsley on Saturday edged his name up to joint sixth in the club’s all-time appearance list, alongside Watford legends of yester year.
What the full back lacks in technical ability, he more than makes up for in discipline, positioning and an unparalleled work ethic. His performance in last May’s play-off final at Wembley, for me, cemented his true status as a Watford legend.
Strong, fearless and uncompromising. The veteran defender embodied the club’s standards when most of his new teammates shrunk in the enormity of the occasion.
This may seem like another Doyley love-in but the defender’s impact on the club is just as important as ever.
Current Hornets head coach Beppe Sannino has stated Doyley was ‘born the wear the shirt of the club’. He encapsulates Sannino's philosophy, which is a new look Watford based on the resilience and defensive qualities of Doyley et al.
As important as Doyley is to the club on the pitch and in the dressing room, his loyalty and love for Watford is incredibly refreshing.
Although I doubt Lloyd has had many lucrative offers to leave Vicarage Road in the past, his sheer devotion and enthusiasm for Watford and its values is a rare commodity.
Doyley has earned his ‘one club man’ status but is he one of the last bastions of this select group of players?
In a football world dominated by lucrative wages and temperamental egos, are the days of the honest professional numbered?
And, under the guidance of our present owners, who can shift players from club to club like chess pieces, is Lloyd Doyley set to be the last true Watford man?
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