UPDATED: Former Walsall and Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin re-signs for Watford

Rene Gilmartin spent two years on Watford's books between 2010 and 2012. Picture: Action Images

Rene Gilmartin spent two years on Watford's books between 2010 and 2012. Picture: Action Images

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

Watford have re-signed former goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin on a one-year contract.

Gilmartin was seen around the tunnel area at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon and the deal was concluded during the last two days.

The 27-year-old spent two years on the Hornets’ books between 2010 and 2012 after joining on a free transfer from Walsall.

He made four cup appearances for the Golden Boys during his first year at Vicarage Road and made another outing in the Capital One Cup the following season before replacing Scott Loach as Sean Dyche’s number one for two Championship matches.

But he was unable to cement the position and, with Loach returning to the starting XI, Gilmartin was loaned out to Yeovil Town and Crawley Town, making eight and seven appearances for the respective clubs.

Gilmartin joined Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2012 and made 16 outings for the League Two side.

The Irishman was number one between November and late January but was replaced by Jake Cole and left the club by mutual consent the following summer after being placed on the transfer list following the re-signing of Luke McCormick.

Gilmartin joined League of Ireland side St Patrick’s but was again second choice behind Brendan Clarke.

He made ten outings for St Pats, with most coming in cup competitions.

Gilmartin’s arrival is likely to lead to Jonathan Bond being loaned out as the club are keen for the England Under-21 international to play regular first team football.

Gilmartin is from Malahide in Dublin and moved over to England to join Walsall nine years ago.

He spent most of his time at Walsall as understudy to Clayton Ince but finally dislodged the Trinidad and Tobago international during the 2009/10 campaign. The goalkeeper also had loan spells at Hednesford Town and Worcester City in 2007.

Gilmartin looked set to be Walsall's number one the following season but rejected their contract offer, with the goalkeeper admitting "I valued myself at a bit more than the deal they offered me”.

He is a charismatic individual who was a big personality around the club during his first spell at Vicarage Road.

You can read his first interview after joining Watford in 2010 here.

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2:28pm Mon 25 Aug 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

Perhaps Bond to go out on loan subject to 24 hour return clause? I'd like to see that happen.
Perhaps Bond to go out on loan subject to 24 hour return clause? I'd like to see that happen. The Skeptical Optimist
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2:29pm Mon 25 Aug 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

Can't work this one out?
Can't work this one out? SJM...laugh at luton
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2:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

WanderingDynamo says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Can't work this one out?
Cheap.
Homegrown.
Content to be 3rd choice.
Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action.

Purely cover.
What's the problem?
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Can't work this one out?[/p][/quote]Cheap. Homegrown. Content to be 3rd choice. Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action. Purely cover. What's the problem? WanderingDynamo
  • Score: 24

2:43pm Mon 25 Aug 14

SJM...laugh at luton says...

WanderingDynamo wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Can't work this one out?
Cheap.
Homegrown.
Content to be 3rd choice.
Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action.

Purely cover.
What's the problem?
It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage.
[quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Can't work this one out?[/p][/quote]Cheap. Homegrown. Content to be 3rd choice. Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action. Purely cover. What's the problem?[/p][/quote]It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage. SJM...laugh at luton
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2:57pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Gash69 says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
WanderingDynamo wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Can't work this one out?
Cheap.
Homegrown.
Content to be 3rd choice.
Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action.

Purely cover.
What's the problem?
It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage.
Ah, but you can't drive a porch
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Can't work this one out?[/p][/quote]Cheap. Homegrown. Content to be 3rd choice. Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action. Purely cover. What's the problem?[/p][/quote]It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage.[/p][/quote]Ah, but you can't drive a porch Gash69
  • Score: 56

3:05pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Harrydownunder says...

Couldn't get a game for st pats... Why didn't we just bring back the wine waiter??
Couldn't get a game for st pats... Why didn't we just bring back the wine waiter?? Harrydownunder
  • Score: -5

3:13pm Mon 25 Aug 14

the jesterwestport says...

sad to see battachio go
sad to see battachio go the jesterwestport
  • Score: 12

3:27pm Mon 25 Aug 14

tonyevans22 says...

So the WO have not reported that our midfielder has left...Battocchio? Bit slow ain't ya...
So the WO have not reported that our midfielder has left...Battocchio? Bit slow ain't ya... tonyevans22
  • Score: -10

4:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

rousman 2 says...

Gilmartin ??? It is not April 1st is it ? Cover or not bit of a backward step.
Gilmartin ??? It is not April 1st is it ? Cover or not bit of a backward step. rousman 2
  • Score: -7

4:16pm Mon 25 Aug 14

gloryhornet4 says...

Rene is not a bad keeper and as the job requires confidence lets give him a b/good welcome when he fist comes on the pitch and applause on his first touch of the ball.

When he is on the pitch he is one of us - so help him raise his game.
Rene is not a bad keeper and as the job requires confidence lets give him a b/good welcome when he fist comes on the pitch and applause on his first touch of the ball. When he is on the pitch he is one of us - so help him raise his game. gloryhornet4
  • Score: 33

5:08pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Stoney77 says...

To anybody questioning why we have signed Gilmartin can I suggest that you ask yourself what decent and experienced keeper, demanding low wages, is going to want to sign for us as a back up?
To anybody questioning why we have signed Gilmartin can I suggest that you ask yourself what decent and experienced keeper, demanding low wages, is going to want to sign for us as a back up? Stoney77
  • Score: 17

6:12pm Mon 25 Aug 14

RobboBTC says...

I don't see anything wrong with this. He'll be fine as an understudy and hopefully Bond can go and get game time elsewhere with a 24 hour call back if Gomes gets injured. Obviously has the physical attributes and maybe training with Gomes will do him good??
I don't see anything wrong with this. He'll be fine as an understudy and hopefully Bond can go and get game time elsewhere with a 24 hour call back if Gomes gets injured. Obviously has the physical attributes and maybe training with Gomes will do him good?? RobboBTC
  • Score: 13

6:16pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Retlas says...

Stoney77 wrote:
To anybody questioning why we have signed Gilmartin can I suggest that you ask yourself what decent and experienced keeper, demanding low wages, is going to want to sign for us as a back up?
Tongue in cheek - but it's a rainy Bank Holiday.

Petr Cech?
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: To anybody questioning why we have signed Gilmartin can I suggest that you ask yourself what decent and experienced keeper, demanding low wages, is going to want to sign for us as a back up?[/p][/quote]Tongue in cheek - but it's a rainy Bank Holiday. Petr Cech? Retlas
  • Score: 4

6:19pm Mon 25 Aug 14

buckler says...

At least the worst goalkeeping coach in English football can't make him any worse .. Better keepers for free in Berko Sunday league 5 and they only cost a few pints and a pork pie on match days !
At least the worst goalkeeping coach in English football can't make him any worse .. Better keepers for free in Berko Sunday league 5 and they only cost a few pints and a pork pie on match days ! buckler
  • Score: -8

8:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Meadey39 says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
WanderingDynamo wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Can't work this one out?
Cheap.
Homegrown.
Content to be 3rd choice.
Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action.

Purely cover.
What's the problem?
It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage.
what good is a porch it doesn't go anywhere
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Can't work this one out?[/p][/quote]Cheap. Homegrown. Content to be 3rd choice. Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action. Purely cover. What's the problem?[/p][/quote]It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage.[/p][/quote]what good is a porch it doesn't go anywhere Meadey39
  • Score: 1

8:33pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Meadey39 says...

SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
WanderingDynamo wrote:
SJM...laugh at luton wrote:
Can't work this one out?
Cheap.
Homegrown.
Content to be 3rd choice.
Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action.

Purely cover.
What's the problem?
It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage.
what good is a porch it doesn't go anywhere
[quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SJM...laugh at luton[/bold] wrote: Can't work this one out?[/p][/quote]Cheap. Homegrown. Content to be 3rd choice. Unless injuries to Gomes AND Bond, very unlikely to see 1st XI action. Purely cover. What's the problem?[/p][/quote]It's like having a porch and a 1978 skoda in the garage.[/p][/quote]what good is a porch it doesn't go anywhere Meadey39
  • Score: 1

9:58pm Mon 25 Aug 14

buckler says...

Gomez now knows he's untouchable!
Gomez now knows he's untouchable! buckler
  • Score: 6

10:49pm Mon 25 Aug 14

stevyweavy says...

Definitely means Bond will be going out on loan which hopefully will be a good thing. Bond needs a decent run between the sticks and he won't get that Watford again this season. However, Gilmarten is not really what I was expecting or hoping for with some of the names being bandied about.
Definitely means Bond will be going out on loan which hopefully will be a good thing. Bond needs a decent run between the sticks and he won't get that Watford again this season. However, Gilmarten is not really what I was expecting or hoping for with some of the names being bandied about. stevyweavy
  • Score: -1

1:23am Tue 26 Aug 14

Harrydownunder says...

Thumb me down for having a sense of humour.....
Thumb me down for having a sense of humour..... Harrydownunder
  • Score: -7

6:50am Tue 26 Aug 14

gatesheadstinger says...

Anyone thought Jonathan Bond might want to leave?
Anyone thought Jonathan Bond might want to leave? gatesheadstinger
  • Score: 2

9:03am Tue 26 Aug 14

Poppet Bear says...

Ok for third choice GK but if Bond goes out on loan we need someone to keep Gomez on his toes.
Ok for third choice GK but if Bond goes out on loan we need someone to keep Gomez on his toes. Poppet Bear
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Tue 26 Aug 14

rousman 2 says...

We have serious competition for places all over the pitch, if Gomez was to get injured we would be in trouble. Not having decent back up for this position cost us big time the season before last.
We have serious competition for places all over the pitch, if Gomez was to get injured we would be in trouble. Not having decent back up for this position cost us big time the season before last. rousman 2
  • Score: 0

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