Watford target Marek Stech has rejoined first club Sparta Prague on a three-year contract today

Watford Observer: Marek Stech has re-joined first club Sparta Prague on a three-year contract. Picture: Action Images Marek Stech has re-joined first club Sparta Prague on a three-year contract. Picture: Action Images

Watford target Marek Stech has returned to first club Sparta Prague on a three-year contract.

We understood the Hornets had made a move to sign the the 24-year-old goalkeeper, whose contract at Yeovil Town was due to expire at the end of June, and were rated as favourites to complete the capture of the player.

Stech had been linked with a return to his first club but the move was dependent on Sparta goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik leaving the club.

Vaclik has since signed for Swiss outfit FC Basel, paving the way for Stech's return to the Czech Republic.

Speaking to Sparta's website, Stech said: "It's a wonderful feeling to be back in Sparta. It's nice to be back this summer and I am very much looking forward to the new challenge."

Earlier in the week, Stech had told a Czech news agency CTK he would leave the Glovers when his contract expired but was leaving his options open.

"My Yeovil contract expires in a month and I am most likely not staying there as it would not be good for my future," said Stech. "I would like to stay in the Championship or even get into the Premier League, that's my dream.

"I don't want to go to a club where I would be a substitute again. When I joined West Ham in 2006 I was very young and spent three seasons as cover for Robert Green.

"He was basically not having any injuries, so I only appeared in three fixtures. My heart would be 100 per cent for the return to Sparta because I spent a lot of time there and I know the club.

"On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent.

"I have been in England for almost eight years now, I have a family and I'm almost at home there. If it was possible, I would like to stay there. I would not be against moving elsewhere either, though," added Stech.

Stech moved to England from Sparta in 2006 to join West Ham United but left Upton Park without making a league appearance for the Hammers before signing for Yeovil on a free transfer in 2012.

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5:44pm Thu 22 May 14

Meadey39 says...

Jack Buttland now, Kieran Westwood.
Jack Buttland now, Kieran Westwood. Meadey39
  • Score: -5

6:11pm Thu 22 May 14

buckler says...

Maybe heard about the Curse !
Maybe heard about the Curse ! buckler
  • Score: -2

6:11pm Thu 22 May 14

GarstonHorn says...

Brkic
Brkic GarstonHorn
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Thu 22 May 14

mkhornet says...

Plenty more fish in the sea.
Plenty more fish in the sea. mkhornet
  • Score: 5

6:23pm Thu 22 May 14

philthehorn says...

What's wrong with Bond. Could be very good playing every week. Is not easy when are in and out like he has been.
What's wrong with Bond. Could be very good playing every week. Is not easy when are in and out like he has been. philthehorn
  • Score: -14

6:24pm Thu 22 May 14

philthehorn says...

Anyone else rate him otherwise think he will leave. Won't want to be No. 2 again
Anyone else rate him otherwise think he will leave. Won't want to be No. 2 again philthehorn
  • Score: -8

6:25pm Thu 22 May 14

rousman 2 says...

Good news we can & will do better.
Good news we can & will do better. rousman 2
  • Score: 1

6:43pm Thu 22 May 14

WilkoWave says...

How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad.
How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad. WilkoWave
  • Score: -1

6:48pm Thu 22 May 14

mellow yellow says...

GarstonHorn wrote:
Brkic
Bit small isn't he?! ;)
[quote][p][bold]GarstonHorn[/bold] wrote: Brkic[/p][/quote]Bit small isn't he?! ;) mellow yellow
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Thu 22 May 14

SAHornet says...

WilkoWave wrote:
How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad.
"On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent."

Seems as though our failure to get into the play-offs was the deciding factor for Stech once Sparta's GK decided to leave. Sorry, but doesn't say much for our attractiveness right now. Wonder how much of a difference Zola might have made in his decision. We'll never know, I guess?
[quote][p][bold]WilkoWave[/bold] wrote: How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad.[/p][/quote]"On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent." Seems as though our failure to get into the play-offs was the deciding factor for Stech once Sparta's GK decided to leave. Sorry, but doesn't say much for our attractiveness right now. Wonder how much of a difference Zola might have made in his decision. We'll never know, I guess? SAHornet
  • Score: 3

7:05pm Thu 22 May 14

hemelhorn87 says...

Very Much hoping for Westwood if the stories are true! Butland is very overrated and capable of quite a few clangers and like Loach and Bond needs time to mature in my opinion. Westwood, at 29, would be perfect
Very Much hoping for Westwood if the stories are true! Butland is very overrated and capable of quite a few clangers and like Loach and Bond needs time to mature in my opinion. Westwood, at 29, would be perfect hemelhorn87
  • Score: 14

7:53pm Thu 22 May 14

watford1881 says...

If we have any ideas of gaining promotion we need to have a GK like Simone Scuffet, but what do I know?
If we have any ideas of gaining promotion we need to have a GK like Simone Scuffet, but what do I know? watford1881
  • Score: -1

8:38pm Thu 22 May 14

The_Hornet says...

Well that's that chapter ended.
Well that's that chapter ended. The_Hornet
  • Score: -1

7:20am Fri 23 May 14

VOReason says...

SAHornet wrote:
WilkoWave wrote:
How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad.
"On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent."

Seems as though our failure to get into the play-offs was the deciding factor for Stech once Sparta's GK decided to leave. Sorry, but doesn't say much for our attractiveness right now. Wonder how much of a difference Zola might have made in his decision. We'll never know, I guess?
Perhaps he popped on here and read how much we slag off past keepers, how low an opinion we have of our goalkeeping coach.

Plus how much we slag off his young compatriot striker for scoring 20+ goals and then deciding he was ambitious enough to set his sights higher than championship football!

Sometimes this site gives a really poor reflection of watford fans, I'm sure all fans of other clubs are the same but even so I'm slightly embarrassed at what I read on here from time to time!
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WilkoWave[/bold] wrote: How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad.[/p][/quote]"On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent." Seems as though our failure to get into the play-offs was the deciding factor for Stech once Sparta's GK decided to leave. Sorry, but doesn't say much for our attractiveness right now. Wonder how much of a difference Zola might have made in his decision. We'll never know, I guess?[/p][/quote]Perhaps he popped on here and read how much we slag off past keepers, how low an opinion we have of our goalkeeping coach. Plus how much we slag off his young compatriot striker for scoring 20+ goals and then deciding he was ambitious enough to set his sights higher than championship football! Sometimes this site gives a really poor reflection of watford fans, I'm sure all fans of other clubs are the same but even so I'm slightly embarrassed at what I read on here from time to time! VOReason
  • Score: 20

7:48am Fri 23 May 14

Sealegs says...

Meadey39 wrote:
Jack Buttland now, Kieran Westwood.
Not Buttland - well over-rated.
[quote][p][bold]Meadey39[/bold] wrote: Jack Buttland now, Kieran Westwood.[/p][/quote]Not Buttland - well over-rated. Sealegs
  • Score: 5

8:42am Fri 23 May 14

thepriceisnickywright says...

philthehorn wrote:
What's wrong with Bond. Could be very good playing every week. Is not easy when are in and out like he has been.
Very very good point Phil. The amount of negative scores you have had on this comment is ridiculous and highlights how poor our fans are on this website. Constantly slagging off young prospects. He started for England U21's yesterday so he is obviously a good keeper. Needs to play every week.
[quote][p][bold]philthehorn[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with Bond. Could be very good playing every week. Is not easy when are in and out like he has been.[/p][/quote]Very very good point Phil. The amount of negative scores you have had on this comment is ridiculous and highlights how poor our fans are on this website. Constantly slagging off young prospects. He started for England U21's yesterday so he is obviously a good keeper. Needs to play every week. thepriceisnickywright
  • Score: 6

8:58am Fri 23 May 14

jsjf1979 says...

VOReason wrote:
SAHornet wrote:
WilkoWave wrote:
How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad.
"On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent."

Seems as though our failure to get into the play-offs was the deciding factor for Stech once Sparta's GK decided to leave. Sorry, but doesn't say much for our attractiveness right now. Wonder how much of a difference Zola might have made in his decision. We'll never know, I guess?
Perhaps he popped on here and read how much we slag off past keepers, how low an opinion we have of our goalkeeping coach.

Plus how much we slag off his young compatriot striker for scoring 20+ goals and then deciding he was ambitious enough to set his sights higher than championship football!

Sometimes this site gives a really poor reflection of watford fans, I'm sure all fans of other clubs are the same but even so I'm slightly embarrassed at what I read on here from time to time!
couldnt agree more, some idiotic comments recently, especially about Chamberlain...
[quote][p][bold]VOReason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WilkoWave[/bold] wrote: How many more players will we be favorite to sign and then here that they have signed for another club. Need to see some positive & reliable news about future signing that will strengthen the current squad.[/p][/quote]"On the other hand, Watford is in the Championship. They have a chance to get into the play-offs and into the Premier League, which is excellent." Seems as though our failure to get into the play-offs was the deciding factor for Stech once Sparta's GK decided to leave. Sorry, but doesn't say much for our attractiveness right now. Wonder how much of a difference Zola might have made in his decision. We'll never know, I guess?[/p][/quote]Perhaps he popped on here and read how much we slag off past keepers, how low an opinion we have of our goalkeeping coach. Plus how much we slag off his young compatriot striker for scoring 20+ goals and then deciding he was ambitious enough to set his sights higher than championship football! Sometimes this site gives a really poor reflection of watford fans, I'm sure all fans of other clubs are the same but even so I'm slightly embarrassed at what I read on here from time to time![/p][/quote]couldnt agree more, some idiotic comments recently, especially about Chamberlain... jsjf1979
  • Score: 8

9:00am Fri 23 May 14

Poppet Bear says...

watford1881 wrote:
If we have any ideas of gaining promotion we need to have a GK like Simone Scuffet, but what do I know?
Maybe a good prospect but he's only 17.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: If we have any ideas of gaining promotion we need to have a GK like Simone Scuffet, but what do I know?[/p][/quote]Maybe a good prospect but he's only 17. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Fri 23 May 14

ORBY says...

Deal dead! Move on.
Deal dead! Move on. ORBY
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Fri 23 May 14

Poppet Bear says...

Kieren Westwood now available at 29 good age.
Kieren Westwood now available at 29 good age. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 0

7:29pm Fri 23 May 14

Chris the Vic says...

Nice to know with the new supervisor and our esteemed director of football we move like a well oiled machine at the speed of a sloth and miss yet another player.

Remember we ignored Heaton and where is he now..playing in what division
Nice to know with the new supervisor and our esteemed director of football we move like a well oiled machine at the speed of a sloth and miss yet another player. Remember we ignored Heaton and where is he now..playing in what division Chris the Vic
  • Score: 2

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