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  • "I know nothing (like most of us) about this guy. I am sure some background work has been done, so let's not prejudge. Point to prove - he just might have (like Gomas)... last chance saloon et al!

    Remember Tony Coton had baggage when he arrived from Birmingham City so keep an open mind. Tony is in my living memory the best keeper we have ever had, so let's see Tamas before condemning or for that matter praising him.

    One year contract only so if it doesn't work ship him out on loan in January. Nothing ventured nothing gained etc...

    Seems Nani and the owners want business done early.

    We need to get real we are NOT going to attract even with the Pozzos behind us players from the very top table. Most likely the players we attract are going to have a failing or two - Marlon King, Tony Coton, Ronnie Rosenthal...., you get my meaning, or there are at the fag end of their careers - Alan Devonshire, Stuart Slater, Malky Mackay, Pat Rice, Brian Talbot etc.

    I wish that the negativity that pervades this forum and others could be transformed into an equal and opposite positivity. we would be half way there if it did. Well 25% at least.

    Onwards you horns!!!"
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Watford sign former West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers defender Gabriel Tamas

Picture: Action Images

Picture: Action Images

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Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Watford have completed the signing of experienced centre half Gabriel Tamas.

The 30-year-old spent the second half of this season at Doncaster Rovers, where he made 13 starts and one substitute appearance for the side as they were relegated from the Championship.

Tamas has played for a host of clubs during his career including Galatasaray, Spartak Moscow, Auxerre and Celta Vigo.

The Romanian international spent three and a half years at West Bromwich Albion, making 77 appearances before his contract expired.

Tamas has had several off-the-field problems in the past.

In 2011 the defender and ex-Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu were given life bans by Romania after drinking before a friendly match, although the bans were lifted 43 days later.

In June he was arrested and jailed after kicking in a door to get into a block of flats in Bucharest. He was said to be drunk at the time and was arrested after falling asleep on the first floor.

In October last year his contract with Romanian club CFR Cluj was terminated after just a week due to alcohol-related incidents.

He was also involved in a nightclub fracas whilst at Doncaster Rovers which resulted in the defender suffering a fractured cheek bone.

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