Manuel Almunia, Marco Cassetti and Fitz Hall among Watford's released list but talks ongoing with Gary Woods

Manuel Almunia included on Watford's released list. Picture: Action Images

Manuel Almunia included on Watford's released list. Picture: Action Images

First published in Sport Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Watford have announced their released list which confirms the pending departure of several experienced players including captain Manuel Almunia.

Fans' favourite Marco Cassetti confirmed he would be departing last month after two years at the club and the arrival of Tottenham Hotspur's Heurelho Gomes two weeks ago also signalled the end for Almunia.

The club's released list doesn't contain any surprises for Golden Boys fans.

Nyron Nosworthy, Fitz Hall, Lucas Neill, Albert Riera and Ross Jenkins will all leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of June.

Third choice goalkeeper Gary Woods will also be out of contract at the end of this month but Watford confirmed they "continue to have dialogue" with the player’s representatives.

Lloyd Doyley and Luke O'Nien, who were both due to be out of contract this summer, have already signed contract extensions.

Technical director Gian Luca Nani said: "Our thanks go to all the players whose contracts finish this summer. They have helped create some great moments over the last few years that everyone connected with the club will remember fondly.

"Nyron Nosworthy has been a fantastic professional, while Ross Jenkins has come through the club’s academy and made over 90 appearances for the first-team. Gary Woods has provided great competition to the goalkeepers at the club.

"Fitz Hall, Lucas Neill and Albert Riera have all assisted the squad with their experience at crucial times.

"Special mention should go to captain Manuel Almunia for his true professionalism and to Marco Cassetti for embracing the club after moving from Italy.

"We wish all the players every success for the future, both professionally and in their private lives."

The club's article included a footnote stating players who are listed as a ‘free agent’ on the Football League retained list are still free to re-sign with their previous clubs should they accept an offer.

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11:10am Wed 4 Jun 14

this is doyley!!! says...

What about Iriney? He was only on a 1 year deal.
What about Iriney? He was only on a 1 year deal. this is doyley!!!
  • Score: -6

11:16am Wed 4 Jun 14

this is doyley!!! says...

this is doyley!!! wrote:
What about Iriney? He was only on a 1 year deal.
Don't worry im wrong he was given a 2 year deal.
[quote][p][bold]this is doyley!!![/bold] wrote: What about Iriney? He was only on a 1 year deal.[/p][/quote]Don't worry im wrong he was given a 2 year deal. this is doyley!!!
  • Score: 8

11:19am Wed 4 Jun 14

EstebanSemtex says...

Thanks to all of their contributions. Even Jenkins, who has played a fair few games for us despite not featuring for two seasons.

There's a lot of experience walking out of that door. Hall, Nosworthy, Cassetti and Almunia all brought something more to the club than their skills on the pitch.

I hope we have some experienced prefessionals lined up to bolster our leadership a little. Gomes is a good start, as is Dyer.
Thanks to all of their contributions. Even Jenkins, who has played a fair few games for us despite not featuring for two seasons. There's a lot of experience walking out of that door. Hall, Nosworthy, Cassetti and Almunia all brought something more to the club than their skills on the pitch. I hope we have some experienced prefessionals lined up to bolster our leadership a little. Gomes is a good start, as is Dyer. EstebanSemtex
  • Score: 22

11:20am Wed 4 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...
Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo... watford1881
  • Score: 3

11:34am Wed 4 Jun 14

pete50 says...

Very sorry to see Riera going. Know he was likely to go to Udinese and didn't cover himself in glory at Charlton but a real class act on his day.
Very sorry to see Riera going. Know he was likely to go to Udinese and didn't cover himself in glory at Charlton but a real class act on his day. pete50
  • Score: 14

11:45am Wed 4 Jun 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

watford1881 wrote:
Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...
says who ?
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...[/p][/quote]says who ? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 2

11:45am Wed 4 Jun 14

EstebanSemtex says...

watford1881 wrote:
Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...
Could be one to... watch.

I'm not sorry.
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...[/p][/quote]Could be one to... watch. I'm not sorry. EstebanSemtex
  • Score: -3

11:51am Wed 4 Jun 14

Ramageland says...

Sad to see Almunia and Cassetti go as they have been fantastic for us, but not a surprise. Both deserve to be remembered as class acts and should always get a good reception if they ever return to the Vic. Thanks to the pair for some great memories!
Sad to see Almunia and Cassetti go as they have been fantastic for us, but not a surprise. Both deserve to be remembered as class acts and should always get a good reception if they ever return to the Vic. Thanks to the pair for some great memories! Ramageland
  • Score: 43

11:53am Wed 4 Jun 14

Belfast Hornet says...

What about Park, Diakite, Merkel Fabbrini and Tozer. Do they stay or do they go?
What about Park, Diakite, Merkel Fabbrini and Tozer. Do they stay or do they go? Belfast Hornet
  • Score: -4

11:59am Wed 4 Jun 14

this is doyley!!! says...

Belfast Hornet wrote:
What about Park, Diakite, Merkel Fabbrini and Tozer. Do they stay or do they go?
Fabbrini stays the rest go back to there clubs
[quote][p][bold]Belfast Hornet[/bold] wrote: What about Park, Diakite, Merkel Fabbrini and Tozer. Do they stay or do they go?[/p][/quote]Fabbrini stays the rest go back to there clubs this is doyley!!!
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Under The Scoreboard says...

Shame about Almunia
Shame about Almunia Under The Scoreboard
  • Score: 9

12:16pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Only 2 Ross Jenkins says...

This is a disaster!!! ;-)
Anyone know how to change user name?
This is a disaster!!! ;-) Anyone know how to change user name? Only 2 Ross Jenkins
  • Score: 56

12:33pm Wed 4 Jun 14

WFCinexile says...

Thank you Manuel Almunia for your part in one of my all time favourite Watford FC moments - That double save from the penalty, which started the move for Deeney to finish.

A true professional, good luck sir!
Thank you Manuel Almunia for your part in one of my all time favourite Watford FC moments - That double save from the penalty, which started the move for Deeney to finish. A true professional, good luck sir! WFCinexile
  • Score: 54

12:46pm Wed 4 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...
says who ?
@transfer_news24
[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...[/p][/quote]says who ?[/p][/quote]@transfer_news24 watford1881
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Wed 4 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...
says who ?
Also... http://www.forzawatf
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[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...[/p][/quote]says who ?[/p][/quote]Also... http://www.forzawatf ord.com/2014/06/04/g ranada-forward-odion -ighalo-option-watfo rd/3055 watford1881
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Wed 4 Jun 14

luther blissett says...

Was Acuna on loan?
Was Acuna on loan? luther blissett
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Wed 4 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...
says who ?
My mistake above.. Try here... http://www.forzawatf
ord.com/2014/06/04/g
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[quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...[/p][/quote]says who ?[/p][/quote]My mistake above.. Try here... http://www.forzawatf ord.com/2014/06/04/g ranada-forward-odion -ighalo-option-watfo rd/3055 watford1881
  • Score: 1

1:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

watford1881 says...

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  • Score: 3

1:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

this is doyley!!! says...

luther blissett wrote:
Was Acuna on loan?
No
[quote][p][bold]luther blissett[/bold] wrote: Was Acuna on loan?[/p][/quote]No this is doyley!!!
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Hornet Cornet says...

Sad to see them go as they were both classy players in their time. It's the right move for both of them though and I will never forget that match against Leicester. One thing that's certain at Watford is that there will be a lot of player movement this season. Let's just hope for a more settled playing team eh.
Sad to see them go as they were both classy players in their time. It's the right move for both of them though and I will never forget that match against Leicester. One thing that's certain at Watford is that there will be a lot of player movement this season. Let's just hope for a more settled playing team eh. Hornet Cornet
  • Score: 14

3:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

soulfulhornet says...

Thank you to all the players who gave of their best for the horns.

Manuel - I think that was inevitable with Gomes signing. Can't afford 2 experienced keepers. Never forget the pen save re Leicester. Great pro and always spoke eloquently and sensibly.

Marco Cassetti - shame he was not here a couple of season's earlier as his class was obvious, so was the catching up of the years. That pass for Vydra's 2nd v Leicester was sublime.

Nyron Nosworthy - one of the reasons why Dyche managed to keep us up in 2011/12. His solidity alongside Mariappa was crucial. Shame injuries took him out of the equation in 2012/13. Never quite got it back after then.

Fitz Hall - could have been immense (not just literally) had he not been injury prone. A true leader on the pitch. I am sure had he stayed fit in 2012/13, we would have gone up automatically. Clearly not able to play enough games now - shame.

Albert Reira - class but only ever a stop-gap. Now Dyer + ano, think pace, energy and stamina in wingback/ winger/ full back positions will be the key. Great goal v Ipswich.

Ross Jenkins - gave 100% and Brendon seemed to rate him so can't be all bad. But alongside others like Hodson, Thompson, and a few others failed to establish himself as a Championship player. Hope he gets a league club, but may have to go to the Conference. Honest but probably not good enough for WFC even pre Pozzo.

Wishing all of them every success.
Thank you to all the players who gave of their best for the horns. Manuel - I think that was inevitable with Gomes signing. Can't afford 2 experienced keepers. Never forget the pen save re Leicester. Great pro and always spoke eloquently and sensibly. Marco Cassetti - shame he was not here a couple of season's earlier as his class was obvious, so was the catching up of the years. That pass for Vydra's 2nd v Leicester was sublime. Nyron Nosworthy - one of the reasons why Dyche managed to keep us up in 2011/12. His solidity alongside Mariappa was crucial. Shame injuries took him out of the equation in 2012/13. Never quite got it back after then. Fitz Hall - could have been immense (not just literally) had he not been injury prone. A true leader on the pitch. I am sure had he stayed fit in 2012/13, we would have gone up automatically. Clearly not able to play enough games now - shame. Albert Reira - class but only ever a stop-gap. Now Dyer + ano, think pace, energy and stamina in wingback/ winger/ full back positions will be the key. Great goal v Ipswich. Ross Jenkins - gave 100% and Brendon seemed to rate him so can't be all bad. But alongside others like Hodson, Thompson, and a few others failed to establish himself as a Championship player. Hope he gets a league club, but may have to go to the Conference. Honest but probably not good enough for WFC even pre Pozzo. Wishing all of them every success. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 18

4:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

watford1881 wrote:
Mickey Quinn, not so thin wrote:
watford1881 wrote:
Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...
says who ?
My mistake above.. Try here... http://www.forzawatf

ord.com/2014/06/04/g

ranada-forward-odion

-ighalo-option-watfo

rd/3055
cheers. Not great goal stats since 2010 though per wiki.
2010→ Cesena (loan) 3 (0)
2011– Granada (loan) 99 (18)
[quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mickey Quinn, not so thin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watford1881[/bold] wrote: Another in could be Granada forward Odion Ighalo...[/p][/quote]says who ?[/p][/quote]My mistake above.. Try here... http://www.forzawatf ord.com/2014/06/04/g ranada-forward-odion -ighalo-option-watfo rd/3055[/p][/quote]cheers. Not great goal stats since 2010 though per wiki. 2010→ Cesena (loan) 3 (0) 2011– Granada (loan) 99 (18) Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 2

4:51pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Paul Gadd says...

Manny should have been our captain for our first season back in the Prem- why did palace have to ruin a perfectly good fairytale
**** you Pulis for keeping them up....
Manny should have been our captain for our first season back in the Prem- why did palace have to ruin a perfectly good fairytale **** you Pulis for keeping them up.... Paul Gadd
  • Score: 0

5:17pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Meadey39 says...

Needed freshening up. Almunia and Cassetti did themselves proud here. Now need to get even more quality in
Needed freshening up. Almunia and Cassetti did themselves proud here. Now need to get even more quality in Meadey39
  • Score: 8

7:07pm Wed 4 Jun 14

chadderton orn says...

Good luck to all, thanks for the memory's especially Almunia for that save & cassette of putting on a watford shirt wow !. legends.
Good luck to all, thanks for the memory's especially Almunia for that save & cassette of putting on a watford shirt wow !. legends. chadderton orn
  • Score: 4

10:40pm Wed 4 Jun 14

jasonwatford says...

Jenkins has stolen a living for last 2 years , He would be lucky to play for Hemel.
Jenkins has stolen a living for last 2 years , He would be lucky to play for Hemel. jasonwatford
  • Score: -6

11:49pm Wed 4 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Ross Jenkins the 2nd was probley the worst Watford player to play championship football...
Find another trade mate...

Still don't like our manager...he should not be here...get Di Mateo now...this could still happen trust me...
Ross Jenkins the 2nd was probley the worst Watford player to play championship football... Find another trade mate... Still don't like our manager...he should not be here...get Di Mateo now...this could still happen trust me... SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -11

11:43am Thu 5 Jun 14

WirralHornet64 says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Ross Jenkins the 2nd was probley the worst Watford player to play championship football...
Find another trade mate...

Still don't like our manager...he should not be here...get Di Mateo now...this could still happen trust me...
Why would di Matteo want to manage Watford. He is a Champions League winner !
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Ross Jenkins the 2nd was probley the worst Watford player to play championship football... Find another trade mate... Still don't like our manager...he should not be here...get Di Mateo now...this could still happen trust me...[/p][/quote]Why would di Matteo want to manage Watford. He is a Champions League winner ! WirralHornet64
  • Score: 2

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