'Craig Cathcart never let Blackpool down and should be a good signing for Watford'

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Craig Cathcart will be a good signing for Watford and has never let Blackpool down, according to one of the men who has covered the centre half's career more than most in recent years.

William Watt, the Blackpool FC reporter for the Blackpool Gazette, said Cathcart was popular with fans during his four years at the club.

The Seasiders were keen for Cathcart to stay but didn't offer the 25-year-old a new deal after he expressed a desire to leave.

It was confirmed this morning that Cathcart had joined Watford on a two-year contract.

"For me, he is a good signing," Watt said of the player's switch to Vicarage Road.

"He impressed at Blackpool. He came in as an unknown quantity for many Blackpool fans when he arrived two days before the Premier League season started. That year he played virtually every game and did really well.

"In the last three years, whenever he has played, he hasn't let the team down.

"He is very quick on the turn, strong in the tackle and decent in the air.

"He was popular with the Blackpool fans and they were sad to see the back of him."

Cathcart joined The Seasiders shortly before the club started their Premier League campaign in 2010.

Blackpool were relegated the following summer despite reaching 39 points and impressing under the guidance of Ian Holloway.

Watt says Cathcart suited Holloway's style of play because the former Manchester United defender is comfortable on the ball.

The Seasiders almost secured a return to the top flight in 2012 when they missed glorious chances in the Championship play-off final before losing 2-1 to West Ham United.

The club's fortunes have declined significantly since then and were almost relegated to League One last season.

But Watt says Cathcart's four-year stay on the coast shows he can play well in promotion-chasing sides, with the Hornets' hierarchy hopeful of mounting a challenge this time around.

Watt said: "He played a full season in the Premier League when Blackpool finished on 39 points and then they got to the play-off final the following season and lost due to a goal in the final minutes.

"So he has played in good teams before and I don't see a reason why he can't [perform well for a promotion-chasing team].

"If he is playing in a decent side and with good players around him, then he should do well at Watford."

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3:19pm Tue 24 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Don't agree
Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.
Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford. SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -109

3:26pm Tue 24 Jun 14

eastendhornet says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.
Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article.
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.[/p][/quote]Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article. eastendhornet
  • Score: 49

3:40pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Seaside Horn says...

Hi SJM no doubt you follow Watford home and away so how do you find time to have seen all of Cathcarts performances over the last few years to make your sweeping statement
Hi SJM no doubt you follow Watford home and away so how do you find time to have seen all of Cathcarts performances over the last few years to make your sweeping statement Seaside Horn
  • Score: 43

3:41pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Banjo says...

eastendhornet wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.
Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article.
like an amateur pornstar the default response to everything is to blindly moan for no reason whatsoever.
i'm going to take a new approach for this page and not slag him off before he's even appeared for us. imagine that ?
[quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.[/p][/quote]Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article.[/p][/quote]like an amateur pornstar the default response to everything is to blindly moan for no reason whatsoever. i'm going to take a new approach for this page and not slag him off before he's even appeared for us. imagine that ? Banjo
  • Score: 38

3:48pm Tue 24 Jun 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

eastendhornet wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.
Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article.
If u read the article by Watford fans in the last 2 weeks you would have understood why...also Blackpool fans agree he is a donkey...thanks
[quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.[/p][/quote]Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article.[/p][/quote]If u read the article by Watford fans in the last 2 weeks you would have understood why...also Blackpool fans agree he is a donkey...thanks SJM...laugh at luton
  • Score: -51

4:00pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Harrydownunder says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
eastendhornet wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.
Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article.
If u read the article by Watford fans in the last 2 weeks you would have understood why...also Blackpool fans agree he is a donkey...thanks
Are you unable to make your own decisions then?
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eastendhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.[/p][/quote]Hi SJM, do you mind briefly describing what you are basing your opinions on. I haven't seen much of Cathcart since he left us, so I'm just trying to get a feel for the reliability of the sources when weighing up the contrasting views between you and the article.[/p][/quote]If u read the article by Watford fans in the last 2 weeks you would have understood why...also Blackpool fans agree he is a donkey...thanks[/p][/quote]Are you unable to make your own decisions then? Harrydownunder
  • Score: 34

4:09pm Tue 24 Jun 14

bristol hornet says...

"Only decent in the air" by their expert!

This is the problem! This our continuous problem!

He will not improve our defensive frailties!!
"Only decent in the air" by their expert! This is the problem! This our continuous problem! He will not improve our defensive frailties!! bristol hornet
  • Score: -26

4:52pm Tue 24 Jun 14

MGP1974 says...

My mate is a season ticket holder and as soon as the rumours started he was begging Watford to take Carthorse. He said the fans hate him and he has been one of their worst ever signings. Hope he is wrong about him but I fear that he has not improved since his loan spell. Hopefully a squad player at best.
My mate is a season ticket holder and as soon as the rumours started he was begging Watford to take Carthorse. He said the fans hate him and he has been one of their worst ever signings. Hope he is wrong about him but I fear that he has not improved since his loan spell. Hopefully a squad player at best. MGP1974
  • Score: -12

5:39pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Oxford-Away-1992 says...

Not exactly inspiring but at least he has championship experience
Not exactly inspiring but at least he has championship experience Oxford-Away-1992
  • Score: 6

6:34pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Chariots says...

Love it. After so many disgruntled fans complaining about this inadequate signing. The watford observer get the Blackpool yes man to right a piece. Living in bpool not many bpool fans are Keane in on mr watt and he is very much a reporter who loves his own hype. Talking with many work colleagues who are Blackpool season ticket holders at work they are not at all disappointed to see him ago. Championship experience counts for nothing from a team who only has a small squad who can't sign anyone for love or money. The fact that are not bothered they haven't re-signed him when they can't attract anyone speaks volumes. No reporter will discredit a player when he is leaving anyway. What's the point. This article is not worth the reading time.
Also i have have classed myself as a happy clapper. I'm always very pint half full when talking watford and always look for the positives,. But on this occasion there are watford fans who are incredibly naive. He is playing for us now support him. Give him a go he can't be that bad. He has championship experience. There are many league 1players with championship experience but now play league 1. It counts for nothing. He is that bad and is the worst signing in the clubs recent history. I'm very angry with this signing and have been very vocal on the other posts. He played at right back because they had no right back and he wasn't good enough to play centre half. That's the only reason. Blackpool is a terribly run club and none of there players are good enough to wear a watford shirt. If this is where we r looking for our signings then god help us. There are too many do gooders on here and if you don't know anything about him then do not right anything. If I'm wrong feel free but I know I'm not. SHOCKING SIGNING.
Love it. After so many disgruntled fans complaining about this inadequate signing. The watford observer get the Blackpool yes man to right a piece. Living in bpool not many bpool fans are Keane in on mr watt and he is very much a reporter who loves his own hype. Talking with many work colleagues who are Blackpool season ticket holders at work they are not at all disappointed to see him ago. Championship experience counts for nothing from a team who only has a small squad who can't sign anyone for love or money. The fact that are not bothered they haven't re-signed him when they can't attract anyone speaks volumes. No reporter will discredit a player when he is leaving anyway. What's the point. This article is not worth the reading time. Also i have have classed myself as a happy clapper. I'm always very pint half full when talking watford and always look for the positives,. But on this occasion there are watford fans who are incredibly naive. He is playing for us now support him. Give him a go he can't be that bad. He has championship experience. There are many league 1players with championship experience but now play league 1. It counts for nothing. He is that bad and is the worst signing in the clubs recent history. I'm very angry with this signing and have been very vocal on the other posts. He played at right back because they had no right back and he wasn't good enough to play centre half. That's the only reason. Blackpool is a terribly run club and none of there players are good enough to wear a watford shirt. If this is where we r looking for our signings then god help us. There are too many do gooders on here and if you don't know anything about him then do not right anything. If I'm wrong feel free but I know I'm not. SHOCKING SIGNING. Chariots
  • Score: -14

6:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

hornetsteve says...

is comfortable on the ball +
if he is playing in a decent side with good players around him - !!!
I think we need to sign a couple more experienced defenders to add to our squad,but it is down to sannino to sort out our defence into a decent unit (something he failed to achieve in his 20 odd games in charge last season)
this has to change if we are to stand any chance of a top 6 finish brighton scraped into sixth place conceding 40 against our 64 !! we have a half decent squad but lack quality & leadership in defence + some good defensive coaching, having said all that Cathcart looks like a decent addition to our squad so lets at least give him a chance to prove all the doubters wrong its a new season, no one fancied burnley last season!! so less of the negativity, its time to get behind the team(especially the new signings)time for the fans to be the 12th man& be loud at the vic
is comfortable on the ball + if he is playing in a decent side with good players around him - !!! I think we need to sign a couple more experienced defenders to add to our squad,but it is down to sannino to sort out our defence into a decent unit (something he failed to achieve in his 20 odd games in charge last season) this has to change if we are to stand any chance of a top 6 finish brighton scraped into sixth place conceding 40 against our 64 !! we have a half decent squad but lack quality & leadership in defence + some good defensive coaching, having said all that Cathcart looks like a decent addition to our squad so lets at least give him a chance to prove all the doubters wrong its a new season, no one fancied burnley last season!! so less of the negativity, its time to get behind the team(especially the new signings)time for the fans to be the 12th man& be loud at the vic hornetsteve
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Tue 24 Jun 14

soulfulhornet says...

Judge him by his performances on the pitch end of. And no not like Reece Brown. Cathgart played over hundred games for Blackpool at Prem or Championship level plus a dozen with us.... Give him a chance.
Judge him by his performances on the pitch end of. And no not like Reece Brown. Cathgart played over hundred games for Blackpool at Prem or Championship level plus a dozen with us.... Give him a chance. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 10

8:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Apsley Ralph says...

Just saw the name Drinkwater mentioned on comments for another story. Crap when on loan with us few years back, few years experience later and then one of the best midfielders in the Championship last year. So get off Cathcart's back and give him a bloody chance!
Just saw the name Drinkwater mentioned on comments for another story. Crap when on loan with us few years back, few years experience later and then one of the best midfielders in the Championship last year. So get off Cathcart's back and give him a bloody chance! Apsley Ralph
  • Score: 22

11:23pm Tue 24 Jun 14

HornetJJ says...

Chariots wrote:
Love it. After so many disgruntled fans complaining about this inadequate signing. The watford observer get the Blackpool yes man to right a piece. Living in bpool not many bpool fans are Keane in on mr watt and he is very much a reporter who loves his own hype. Talking with many work colleagues who are Blackpool season ticket holders at work they are not at all disappointed to see him ago. Championship experience counts for nothing from a team who only has a small squad who can't sign anyone for love or money. The fact that are not bothered they haven't re-signed him when they can't attract anyone speaks volumes. No reporter will discredit a player when he is leaving anyway. What's the point. This article is not worth the reading time.
Also i have have classed myself as a happy clapper. I'm always very pint half full when talking watford and always look for the positives,. But on this occasion there are watford fans who are incredibly naive. He is playing for us now support him. Give him a go he can't be that bad. He has championship experience. There are many league 1players with championship experience but now play league 1. It counts for nothing. He is that bad and is the worst signing in the clubs recent history. I'm very angry with this signing and have been very vocal on the other posts. He played at right back because they had no right back and he wasn't good enough to play centre half. That's the only reason. Blackpool is a terribly run club and none of there players are good enough to wear a watford shirt. If this is where we r looking for our signings then god help us. There are too many do gooders on here and if you don't know anything about him then do not right anything. If I'm wrong feel free but I know I'm not. SHOCKING SIGNING.
So if he ends up having a decent season you will be happy to admit you're wrong I'm sure!! Give him a chance.
[quote][p][bold]Chariots[/bold] wrote: Love it. After so many disgruntled fans complaining about this inadequate signing. The watford observer get the Blackpool yes man to right a piece. Living in bpool not many bpool fans are Keane in on mr watt and he is very much a reporter who loves his own hype. Talking with many work colleagues who are Blackpool season ticket holders at work they are not at all disappointed to see him ago. Championship experience counts for nothing from a team who only has a small squad who can't sign anyone for love or money. The fact that are not bothered they haven't re-signed him when they can't attract anyone speaks volumes. No reporter will discredit a player when he is leaving anyway. What's the point. This article is not worth the reading time. Also i have have classed myself as a happy clapper. I'm always very pint half full when talking watford and always look for the positives,. But on this occasion there are watford fans who are incredibly naive. He is playing for us now support him. Give him a go he can't be that bad. He has championship experience. There are many league 1players with championship experience but now play league 1. It counts for nothing. He is that bad and is the worst signing in the clubs recent history. I'm very angry with this signing and have been very vocal on the other posts. He played at right back because they had no right back and he wasn't good enough to play centre half. That's the only reason. Blackpool is a terribly run club and none of there players are good enough to wear a watford shirt. If this is where we r looking for our signings then god help us. There are too many do gooders on here and if you don't know anything about him then do not right anything. If I'm wrong feel free but I know I'm not. SHOCKING SIGNING.[/p][/quote]So if he ends up having a decent season you will be happy to admit you're wrong I'm sure!! Give him a chance. HornetJJ
  • Score: 7

12:08am Wed 25 Jun 14

Andrew1963 says...

We wil judge the signing in 12 months time. My concern is we have lost the physicality in defence provided by Taylor, Nosworthy and Hall. Don't see Cathcart filling those shoes, but perhaps the defence will evolve beyond simple assured defending.
We wil judge the signing in 12 months time. My concern is we have lost the physicality in defence provided by Taylor, Nosworthy and Hall. Don't see Cathcart filling those shoes, but perhaps the defence will evolve beyond simple assured defending. Andrew1963
  • Score: 2

12:19am Wed 25 Jun 14

Chariots says...

I will gladly admit it. Just been in my local discussing it with BFC fans. They agree that he is nothing special and not physical enough in the challenge. Great on the ball but we are well aware that is not enough . We need a defender like nyron and Fitz who are physical. We missed that last season. We got to play off final because Fitz was the blood and guts defender we needed last season. We need desperately that type of player to partner Angella. Tamas myt be that player and may be surprise us. Cathcart is not that player and he won't surprise me. I hope he us a success and I will gladly admit lack of judgement. But I never thought we would sign a player from Blackpool and deem him a great signing. If signing Blackpool players is where we have set our sights then we have set them very low. Only time will tell and I cannot see him starting. So I will pray for no injuries or suspensions so we don't see him play and eventually send him back on loan to Blackpool. Fingers crossed.
I will gladly admit it. Just been in my local discussing it with BFC fans. They agree that he is nothing special and not physical enough in the challenge. Great on the ball but we are well aware that is not enough . We need a defender like nyron and Fitz who are physical. We missed that last season. We got to play off final because Fitz was the blood and guts defender we needed last season. We need desperately that type of player to partner Angella. Tamas myt be that player and may be surprise us. Cathcart is not that player and he won't surprise me. I hope he us a success and I will gladly admit lack of judgement. But I never thought we would sign a player from Blackpool and deem him a great signing. If signing Blackpool players is where we have set our sights then we have set them very low. Only time will tell and I cannot see him starting. So I will pray for no injuries or suspensions so we don't see him play and eventually send him back on loan to Blackpool. Fingers crossed. Chariots
  • Score: -5

7:11am Wed 25 Jun 14

VOReason says...

I just don't understand why we have 7 centre halves on our books

Tamas doyley Cathcart belkalem hoban ekstrand angella

The first 4 have signed contracts this summer making me concerned about the latter.
I just don't understand why we have 7 centre halves on our books Tamas doyley Cathcart belkalem hoban ekstrand angella The first 4 have signed contracts this summer making me concerned about the latter. VOReason
  • Score: 1

7:11am Wed 25 Jun 14

northofwatfordpete says...

Comment from Blackpool fan in office: 'I agree with Will Watt
Paul Ince preferred two bruisers at Centre half – Broadfoot & Mackenzie so Cathcart was basically a sub last season.

He scored a couple of thumping headers from Corners for us in the Premier Lge too. Sorry to see him go. It’s a good signing for you'.
Comment from Blackpool fan in office: 'I agree with Will Watt Paul Ince preferred two bruisers at Centre half – Broadfoot & Mackenzie so Cathcart was basically a sub last season. He scored a couple of thumping headers from Corners for us in the Premier Lge too. Sorry to see him go. It’s a good signing for you'. northofwatfordpete
  • Score: 4

9:51am Wed 25 Jun 14

soulfulhornet says...

Apsley Ralph wrote:
Just saw the name Drinkwater mentioned on comments for another story. Crap when on loan with us few years back, few years experience later and then one of the best midfielders in the Championship last year. So get off Cathcart's back and give him a bloody chance!
Spot on. And not just Drinkwater, how about Townsend, Danny Rose, Bridcutt, Cork. And going back further Tim Sherwood, Dean Holdsworth and Iwan Roberts hardly set the world alight when here - but Tim won the prem and Dean and Iwan became good quality Prem/ Championship strikers.

Just give the lad a break and judge him by what he does on the pitch. I do think we are overloaded at centre half, and fear we may lose Angella and possibly Ekstrand. The former is the biggest loss if it happens. Doyley will be a bit part player, just hope Hoban has an injury free term and cements his place. Some might go out on loan e.g Belkelam.
[quote][p][bold]Apsley Ralph[/bold] wrote: Just saw the name Drinkwater mentioned on comments for another story. Crap when on loan with us few years back, few years experience later and then one of the best midfielders in the Championship last year. So get off Cathcart's back and give him a bloody chance![/p][/quote]Spot on. And not just Drinkwater, how about Townsend, Danny Rose, Bridcutt, Cork. And going back further Tim Sherwood, Dean Holdsworth and Iwan Roberts hardly set the world alight when here - but Tim won the prem and Dean and Iwan became good quality Prem/ Championship strikers. Just give the lad a break and judge him by what he does on the pitch. I do think we are overloaded at centre half, and fear we may lose Angella and possibly Ekstrand. The former is the biggest loss if it happens. Doyley will be a bit part player, just hope Hoban has an injury free term and cements his place. Some might go out on loan e.g Belkelam. soulfulhornet
  • Score: 3

9:56am Wed 25 Jun 14

tommy gunn says...

I would just like to know how many times' Chariot' saw Cathcart play over the last few seasons for him to make such scathing comments .It's always dangerous to make assumptions based upon a few of other peoples views rather than first hand knowledge don't you think ?
I would just like to know how many times' Chariot' saw Cathcart play over the last few seasons for him to make such scathing comments .It's always dangerous to make assumptions based upon a few of other peoples views rather than first hand knowledge don't you think ? tommy gunn
  • Score: 2

11:36am Wed 25 Jun 14

Boosey says...

He can play in more than one position, free transfer, played in premiership and still young and learning.
What more do you want?
I would put money on it he will turn out a good signing.
He can play in more than one position, free transfer, played in premiership and still young and learning. What more do you want? I would put money on it he will turn out a good signing. Boosey
  • Score: 4

12:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

longcliffe says...

This signing looks spot on.
This signing looks spot on. longcliffe
  • Score: 0

1:21pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Hornet Cornet says...

I've never let my pub team down. Maybe I should sign for us too... I mean really. Where's the ambition, where's the hope, where's the quality we need?

It's all poogled

HC
I've never let my pub team down. Maybe I should sign for us too... I mean really. Where's the ambition, where's the hope, where's the quality we need? It's all poogled HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -3

9:30pm Wed 25 Jun 14

No Wheels says...

All you moan merchants... Not a word anywhere about Paredes. Having a good tournament I reckon.
All you moan merchants... Not a word anywhere about Paredes. Having a good tournament I reckon. No Wheels
  • Score: 1

11:03am Thu 26 Jun 14

mbwfc1976 says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.
So SJM Laugh at L*ton (please use asterisks in that word too, thanks very much!)

No ambition anymore, must be happy with championship?

So now we've re-signed Vydra, I presume you are going to retract that complete and utter load of BS and grovellingly apologise to the Pozzos, like any person with a modicum of decency would?

Thought not cos you're a professionally whinging, arrogant numpty aren't you?!

Kindly do us all a favour and go support Spurs, where your moaning will be much more welcomed.
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Don't agree Watford fans don't agree,another donkey at the club...no ambition anymore,they must be happy with the championship at Watford.[/p][/quote]So SJM Laugh at L*ton (please use asterisks in that word too, thanks very much!) No ambition anymore, must be happy with championship? So now we've re-signed Vydra, I presume you are going to retract that complete and utter load of BS and grovellingly apologise to the Pozzos, like any person with a modicum of decency would? Thought not cos you're a professionally whinging, arrogant numpty aren't you?! Kindly do us all a favour and go support Spurs, where your moaning will be much more welcomed. mbwfc1976
  • Score: 0

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