Bolton Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews has joined Watford on a season-long loan move

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Watford have signed midfielder Keith Andrews from Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan deal.

We reported yesterday that the Hornets were in discussions with the 33-year-old, who can play in the holding role or further forward in midfield, and the move has now been completed.

Andrews was told by Bolton that he was not in their plans for the forthcoming campaign, but as part of the loan deal he can’t play against his parent club.

Andrews has played for 11 clubs and has made 396 career appearances. He has featured in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers (70 times), West Bromwich Albion (14) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (1), where he started his career.

He spent last season on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion, where he made 37 appearances.

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1:25pm Thu 24 Jul 14

harryhornet says...

Dougie Freedman is on record as saying he was happy for Andrews to stay but couldn't guarantee him a starting role, and therefore he was likely to look elsewhere. The only logical conclusion is that he will have been given assurances that he's going to start... Which is odd.
Dougie Freedman is on record as saying he was happy for Andrews to stay but couldn't guarantee him a starting role, and therefore he was likely to look elsewhere. The only logical conclusion is that he will have been given assurances that he's going to start... Which is odd. harryhornet
  • Score: -14

1:39pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Mickey Quinn, not so thin says...

harryhornet wrote:
Dougie Freedman is on record as saying he was happy for Andrews to stay but couldn't guarantee him a starting role, and therefore he was likely to look elsewhere. The only logical conclusion is that he will have been given assurances that he's going to start... Which is odd.
Perhaps we lied ??
[quote][p][bold]harryhornet[/bold] wrote: Dougie Freedman is on record as saying he was happy for Andrews to stay but couldn't guarantee him a starting role, and therefore he was likely to look elsewhere. The only logical conclusion is that he will have been given assurances that he's going to start... Which is odd.[/p][/quote]Perhaps we lied ?? Mickey Quinn, not so thin
  • Score: 9

1:41pm Thu 24 Jul 14

bristol hornet says...

Excellent news! A good player, a good leader, and also a home grown player to boost our quota.

On a different not, the Daily Star are reporting today that "Palace, Sunderland and Cardiff are preparing £1.5m bids for the flying Watford winger Ache Anya. Scottish international Anya, 26, has two years left on his contract at Vicarage Road".

I can tell you now that this is NO WHERE near the true valuation of our great little winger **** wing/back, and I am sure the Pozzos will tell them to get lost unless they quadruple their offer!
Excellent news! A good player, a good leader, and also a home grown player to boost our quota. On a different not, the Daily Star are reporting today that "Palace, Sunderland and Cardiff are preparing £1.5m bids for the flying Watford winger Ache Anya. Scottish international Anya, 26, has two years left on his contract at Vicarage Road". I can tell you now that this is NO WHERE near the true valuation of our great little winger **** wing/back, and I am sure the Pozzos will tell them to get lost unless they quadruple their offer! bristol hornet
  • Score: 17

1:43pm Thu 24 Jul 14

BobT44 says...

Good solid signing and another one in the bag!

Regarding Deeney, I can't help thinking that he's been told we will not stand in his way if we get an offer of £10m or over. I hope not, but I fear that may be the case.
Good solid signing and another one in the bag! Regarding Deeney, I can't help thinking that he's been told we will not stand in his way if we get an offer of £10m or over. I hope not, but I fear that may be the case. BobT44
  • Score: 5

1:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

Great signing, especially as a backup. Can't think of many feasible signings that I'd prefer as a backup midfielder. However, I did hear that he doesn't count as homegrown, since he is Irish and moved to Wolves only at 19...

All I can say is I hope we aren't unlucky with injuries and are forced to change our matchday squad to meet a quota. We'd have to be unlucky - but hey, sometimes you get bad luck in football...
Great signing, especially as a backup. Can't think of many feasible signings that I'd prefer as a backup midfielder. However, I did hear that he doesn't count as homegrown, since he is Irish and moved to Wolves only at 19... All I can say is I hope we aren't unlucky with injuries and are forced to change our matchday squad to meet a quota. We'd have to be unlucky - but hey, sometimes you get bad luck in football... The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: -4

2:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Abbotshorn says...

We are now starting to build a proper squad to challenge, need to sort out the late golas apart from that i think we will have a great season.....cant wait COYH's
We are now starting to build a proper squad to challenge, need to sort out the late golas apart from that i think we will have a great season.....cant wait COYH's Abbotshorn
  • Score: 5

2:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Wimbledonhorn says...

Good signing. Good solid player with plenty of championship experience. Will rub off well with the foreign imports...
Good signing. Good solid player with plenty of championship experience. Will rub off well with the foreign imports... Wimbledonhorn
  • Score: 6

2:27pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ashdownforestieri says...

The teams that seemed to do best last year used the smallest number of players. I am just getting the feeling our squad seems to be growing almost too big to keep all the players involved and motivated. We almost look as though we could put out 2 sides. That said it's an exciting time for Watford FC but I still think the challenge will be to get a regular squad and manage it well.
The teams that seemed to do best last year used the smallest number of players. I am just getting the feeling our squad seems to be growing almost too big to keep all the players involved and motivated. We almost look as though we could put out 2 sides. That said it's an exciting time for Watford FC but I still think the challenge will be to get a regular squad and manage it well. ashdownforestieri
  • Score: 6

2:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

petsoundsnick says...

The Skeptical Optimist wrote:
Great signing, especially as a backup. Can't think of many feasible signings that I'd prefer as a backup midfielder. However, I did hear that he doesn't count as homegrown, since he is Irish and moved to Wolves only at 19...

All I can say is I hope we aren't unlucky with injuries and are forced to change our matchday squad to meet a quota. We'd have to be unlucky - but hey, sometimes you get bad luck in football...
He will qualify I think. Rules are 36 month training in England prior to the end of the season in which player is 21. So if he moved over when we was 19 (presuming at start of season) then he will have done 3 season so would be considered HG.

Alternatively, switch on Football Manager and see if he is listed as Home Grown....
[quote][p][bold]The Skeptical Optimist[/bold] wrote: Great signing, especially as a backup. Can't think of many feasible signings that I'd prefer as a backup midfielder. However, I did hear that he doesn't count as homegrown, since he is Irish and moved to Wolves only at 19... All I can say is I hope we aren't unlucky with injuries and are forced to change our matchday squad to meet a quota. We'd have to be unlucky - but hey, sometimes you get bad luck in football...[/p][/quote]He will qualify I think. Rules are 36 month training in England prior to the end of the season in which player is 21. So if he moved over when we was 19 (presuming at start of season) then he will have done 3 season so would be considered HG. Alternatively, switch on Football Manager and see if he is listed as Home Grown.... petsoundsnick
  • Score: 3

2:42pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Glenn Roeder says...

bristol hornet wrote:
Excellent news! A good player, a good leader, and also a home grown player to boost our quota.

On a different not, the Daily Star are reporting today that "Palace, Sunderland and Cardiff are preparing £1.5m bids for the flying Watford winger Ache Anya. Scottish international Anya, 26, has two years left on his contract at Vicarage Road".

I can tell you now that this is NO WHERE near the true valuation of our great little winger **** wing/back, and I am sure the Pozzos will tell them to get lost unless they quadruple their offer!
Looks like a very cheeky offer.

I would tell them to do one.
[quote][p][bold]bristol hornet[/bold] wrote: Excellent news! A good player, a good leader, and also a home grown player to boost our quota. On a different not, the Daily Star are reporting today that "Palace, Sunderland and Cardiff are preparing £1.5m bids for the flying Watford winger Ache Anya. Scottish international Anya, 26, has two years left on his contract at Vicarage Road". I can tell you now that this is NO WHERE near the true valuation of our great little winger **** wing/back, and I am sure the Pozzos will tell them to get lost unless they quadruple their offer![/p][/quote]Looks like a very cheeky offer. I would tell them to do one. Glenn Roeder
  • Score: 5

2:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Rodthomasini says...

BobT44 wrote:
Good solid signing and another one in the bag! Regarding Deeney, I can't help thinking that he's been told we will not stand in his way if we get an offer of £10m or over. I hope not, but I fear that may be the case.
Whats that based on?
[quote][p][bold]BobT44[/bold] wrote: Good solid signing and another one in the bag! Regarding Deeney, I can't help thinking that he's been told we will not stand in his way if we get an offer of £10m or over. I hope not, but I fear that may be the case.[/p][/quote]Whats that based on? Rodthomasini
  • Score: 0

3:11pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ORBY says...

This is a good signing, I believe we tried to sign him when he was with MK Dons, but he chose to go to a PL club. Good on the ball, can see a pass and works hard, our type of player!
This is a good signing, I believe we tried to sign him when he was with MK Dons, but he chose to go to a PL club. Good on the ball, can see a pass and works hard, our type of player! ORBY
  • Score: 2

3:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Meadey39 says...

Definitely a leader, maybe a good, positive presence in and around the changing room and training ground. Does he have the quality to be a regular starter?
Definitely a leader, maybe a good, positive presence in and around the changing room and training ground. Does he have the quality to be a regular starter? Meadey39
  • Score: 1

7:22pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MainStandShambles says...

Bravo! A good squad addition i reckon, even at 33 years of age. Hope it doesn't mean McGugan is on his way out though as someone else has suggested.
Bravo! A good squad addition i reckon, even at 33 years of age. Hope it doesn't mean McGugan is on his way out though as someone else has suggested. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 2

7:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mooneyman says...

So that's why we decided to extend the size of the new stand. To give enough room to seat all our non playing squad at home games. No doubt Andrews will do well to make the bench.
So that's why we decided to extend the size of the new stand. To give enough room to seat all our non playing squad at home games. No doubt Andrews will do well to make the bench. Mooneyman
  • Score: 1

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