Watford striker Nathan Ellington scores twice for Preston North End Reserves

Watford striker Nathan Ellington scores twice for Preston North End Reserves

Watford striker Nathan Ellington scores twice for Preston North End Reserves

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

Nathan Ellington scored two goals and had one disallowed playing for Preston North End Reserves this afternoon.

Ellington is currently training with Phil Brown’s squad ahead of a possible loan move and scored twice as Preston Reserves beat Shrewsbury Town 3-1.

The Hornets most expensive signing is unable to feature for Watford as another appearance for Malky Mackay’s men would trigger another payment to former club West Bromwich Albion.

Ellington had already seen a goal of his ruled out when he doubled Preston’s lead on 40 minutes by, according to North End’s website,”running at the Shrewsbury defence before bending a fine right footed drive past the goalkeeper with the outside of his boot”.

The 29-year-old made it 3-0 minutes later when he “latched on to a Paul Parry cross to divert from close range”.

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6:21pm Wed 12 Jan 11

Kentish Hornet says...

Good, hopefully they will take him off our hands

Sec Word
plan-lift, I am happy to drop him off
Good, hopefully they will take him off our hands Sec Word plan-lift, I am happy to drop him off Kentish Hornet
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6:29pm Wed 12 Jan 11

ICMRB says...

Just go play for Preston already, or frankly anyone who will take him on loan/transfer/swap for a goat.

I realize it was not his "fault" that he was on a stupidly large contract, but if he'd ever truly cared about his playing career he would have either (a) agreed a mutual termination and got on with signing & playing elsewhere, or (b) restructured so he could play for WFC (Mr Ellington: see the wonderful Mr Eustace if you need notes on how you should have done this)
Just go play for Preston already, or frankly anyone who will take him on loan/transfer/swap for a goat. I realize it was not his "fault" that he was on a stupidly large contract, but if he'd ever truly cared about his playing career he would have either (a) agreed a mutual termination and got on with signing & playing elsewhere, or (b) restructured so he could play for WFC (Mr Ellington: see the wonderful Mr Eustace if you need notes on how you should have done this) ICMRB
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6:34pm Wed 12 Jan 11

RebelIan says...

Kentish Hornet wrote:
Good, hopefully they will take him off our hands Sec Word plan-lift, I am happy to drop him off
Drop him off? I'll sweep the road between Watford and Preston if he'll follow it and stay there!

Of course he'll now join Preston and score bloody shed loads but at least he'll be doing it off our payroll, hopefully.
[quote][p][bold]Kentish Hornet[/bold] wrote: Good, hopefully they will take him off our hands Sec Word plan-lift, I am happy to drop him off[/p][/quote]Drop him off? I'll sweep the road between Watford and Preston if he'll follow it and stay there! Of course he'll now join Preston and score bloody shed loads but at least he'll be doing it off our payroll, hopefully. RebelIan
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6:36pm Wed 12 Jan 11

pfwhornets says...

My engine's running. Just say the word and I'll be over to pick him up. No doubt will get plenty of speeding tickets on the way up to deepdale.

Can't believe this....security word is "very-fast".....I think the wobby are having a laugh.
My engine's running. Just say the word and I'll be over to pick him up. No doubt will get plenty of speeding tickets on the way up to deepdale. Can't believe this....security word is "very-fast".....I think the wobby are having a laugh. pfwhornets
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6:42pm Wed 12 Jan 11

The Rover says...

Wonder how much we had to pay the Shrewsbury Town keeper to let those goals in?
Wonder how much we had to pay the Shrewsbury Town keeper to let those goals in? The Rover
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7:00pm Wed 12 Jan 11

bushey tales says...

I don't think it's exactly a case of the Duke 'doing it off our payroll,' sadly. I doubt PNE would pick up more than 10% of that ludicrous £40k per week. We'll still be shelling out well over thirty grand a week while he's lumbering around wearing somebody else's shirt. Yeah, you're right - it's worth it.
I don't think it's exactly a case of the Duke 'doing it off our payroll,' sadly. I doubt PNE would pick up more than 10% of that ludicrous £40k per week. We'll still be shelling out well over thirty grand a week while he's lumbering around wearing somebody else's shirt. Yeah, you're right - it's worth it. bushey tales
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7:21pm Wed 12 Jan 11

inayellowshirt says...

found his level at last
found his level at last inayellowshirt
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7:35pm Wed 12 Jan 11

andy710 says...

£40k a week.. Your having a laugh, he's on good wages but no where near that amount. Think about it.. That would be a contract worth 8 million over4 years. There is no way they have paid that,
£40k a week.. Your having a laugh, he's on good wages but no where near that amount. Think about it.. That would be a contract worth 8 million over4 years. There is no way they have paid that, andy710
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8:22pm Wed 12 Jan 11

not a regular says...

It does make me laugh when people say he should have restructured his deal so that he can play.

HE CANNOT PLAY AS IT WILL TRIGGER A CLAUSE TO WEST BROM (NOT HIMSELF) FOR £1.25M

Rant over. I wish people would learn things before criticising.

Note: I do not think he has earned his wages and I cannot wait to be shot of him.
It does make me laugh when people say he should have restructured his deal so that he can play. HE CANNOT PLAY AS IT WILL TRIGGER A CLAUSE TO WEST BROM (NOT HIMSELF) FOR £1.25M Rant over. I wish people would learn things before criticising. Note: I do not think he has earned his wages and I cannot wait to be shot of him. not a regular
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9:12pm Wed 12 Jan 11

WFC4ever says...

This is good news.

Clearly "Duke" is playing for a contract.
This is good news. Clearly "Duke" is playing for a contract. WFC4ever
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9:48pm Wed 12 Jan 11

bushey tales says...

Er....he's on 40 grand a week - believe me. Plus appearance money. Take a look at the balance sheet. Or ask Ashton.
Er....he's on 40 grand a week - believe me. Plus appearance money. Take a look at the balance sheet. Or ask Ashton. bushey tales
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9:50pm Wed 12 Jan 11

D.unstable says...

I bet they think all their ramadams have come at once. quick do the deal to get him off the payroll whilst he is on a high and before he gets his lazy backside stuck in his size xxxl shorts.

Never known such a lazy excuse for a footballer.
I bet they think all their ramadams have come at once. quick do the deal to get him off the payroll whilst he is on a high and before he gets his lazy backside stuck in his size xxxl shorts. Never known such a lazy excuse for a footballer. D.unstable
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10:28pm Wed 12 Jan 11

bobbysid says...

If any PNE scouts stumble across this page ignore these guys. Ellington was a class act - athletic, great work ethic and an eye for goal. A bit like watching (the real) Ronaldo before he got fat and had silly haircuts.
If any PNE scouts stumble across this page ignore these guys. Ellington was a class act - athletic, great work ethic and an eye for goal. A bit like watching (the real) Ronaldo before he got fat and had silly haircuts. bobbysid
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11:21pm Wed 12 Jan 11

ICMRB says...

not a regular wrote:
It does make me laugh when people say he should have restructured his deal so that he can play.

HE CANNOT PLAY AS IT WILL TRIGGER A CLAUSE TO WEST BROM (NOT HIMSELF) FOR £1.25M

Rant over. I wish people would learn things before criticising.

Note: I do not think he has earned his wages and I cannot wait to be shot of him.
Then he could have chosen option (a) And found a way to mutually terminate the contract such that no-one was owed anything.
The point is, he would have done something if he truly wanted to play.


Instead he was happy to collect his paycheck of an "unknown" large amount, "allegedly" show a poor attitude in training and rot in the reserves/on the bench. A real footballer would have shown more pride than that and he deserves criticism (no doubt cue a rant from someone on lack of opportunities, the manager, the pitch, the style of play...)
[quote][p][bold]not a regular[/bold] wrote: It does make me laugh when people say he should have restructured his deal so that he can play. HE CANNOT PLAY AS IT WILL TRIGGER A CLAUSE TO WEST BROM (NOT HIMSELF) FOR £1.25M Rant over. I wish people would learn things before criticising. Note: I do not think he has earned his wages and I cannot wait to be shot of him.[/p][/quote]Then he could have chosen option (a) And found a way to mutually terminate the contract such that no-one was owed anything. The point is, he would have done something if he truly wanted to play. Instead he was happy to collect his paycheck of an "unknown" large amount, "allegedly" show a poor attitude in training and rot in the reserves/on the bench. A real footballer would have shown more pride than that and he deserves criticism (no doubt cue a rant from someone on lack of opportunities, the manager, the pitch, the style of play...) ICMRB
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11:48pm Wed 12 Jan 11

not a regular says...

Yeah cause you'd offer to terminate a £500k/year job with a 3 year probation period wouldn't you...
Yeah cause you'd offer to terminate a £500k/year job with a 3 year probation period wouldn't you... not a regular
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12:11am Thu 13 Jan 11

GloryHornetBoys says...

He isn't on 40k a week mate,14-20k some1 at the club said, 40k would never have been offered,we were only i the prem for 1 year!Maybe with every bonus u can think of but I still very much doubt it
He isn't on 40k a week mate,14-20k some1 at the club said, 40k would never have been offered,we were only i the prem for 1 year!Maybe with every bonus u can think of but I still very much doubt it GloryHornetBoys
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9:18am Thu 13 Jan 11

Prof Plum says...

I find it hard to generate the same levels of loathing for Ellington as others clearly have. Noone can blame him for maximisng his income and he would have no influence whatsoever on the deal between Watford and West Brom that has effectively stopped us playing him for the past year. I certianly wouldn't claim that on the pitch he has been anything other than awful but I suspect that his initial underperformance was largely down to Aidy's primitive approach. The shame is that I think he would have thrived under Mackay and the current playing style, but we'll never know. Good luck to him, I say.
I find it hard to generate the same levels of loathing for Ellington as others clearly have. Noone can blame him for maximisng his income and he would have no influence whatsoever on the deal between Watford and West Brom that has effectively stopped us playing him for the past year. I certianly wouldn't claim that on the pitch he has been anything other than awful but I suspect that his initial underperformance was largely down to Aidy's primitive approach. The shame is that I think he would have thrived under Mackay and the current playing style, but we'll never know. Good luck to him, I say. Prof Plum
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9:22am Thu 13 Jan 11

Chris the Vic says...

Best of luck to Duke. Consigned to history

Signed by a clueless manager ( who is failing yet again)...A manager who so P****d off Marlon he wanted out to anywhere because the long ball didnt suit his style just as it didnt suit Dukes.

As for taking a cut in salary cept for JE I cant remember our heroes like King, Smith, Robinson and Heidar ever considering that. They did what I would have done maximised their earnings over their short career.

We signed him out of desperation and he failed, we eventually signed Collins John having ridiculed his demands over a salary of £1m, but managed to pay an injured Marlon £2m and seemingly Duke the same....Not sure what it tells us
Best of luck to Duke. Consigned to history Signed by a clueless manager ( who is failing yet again)...A manager who so P****d off Marlon he wanted out to anywhere because the long ball didnt suit his style just as it didnt suit Dukes. As for taking a cut in salary cept for JE I cant remember our heroes like King, Smith, Robinson and Heidar ever considering that. They did what I would have done maximised their earnings over their short career. We signed him out of desperation and he failed, we eventually signed Collins John having ridiculed his demands over a salary of £1m, but managed to pay an injured Marlon £2m and seemingly Duke the same....Not sure what it tells us Chris the Vic
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10:34am Thu 13 Jan 11

Watfordpete says...

Surely the contract is also with (Mark's Ashton's favourites) WBA so NE can't really do much about it. Good luck to him, I just hope we can get him off the wage bill.
Surely the contract is also with (Mark's Ashton's favourites) WBA so NE can't really do much about it. Good luck to him, I just hope we can get him off the wage bill. Watfordpete
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10:36am Thu 13 Jan 11

fairwater says...

Prof Plum wrote:
I find it hard to generate the same levels of loathing for Ellington as others clearly have. Noone can blame him for maximisng his income and he would have no influence whatsoever on the deal between Watford and West Brom that has effectively stopped us playing him for the past year. I certianly wouldn't claim that on the pitch he has been anything other than awful but I suspect that his initial underperformance was largely down to Aidy's primitive approach. The shame is that I think he would have thrived under Mackay and the current playing style, but we'll never know. Good luck to him, I say.
Tend to agree with most of what you say there Prof.
BTW, he is on £14k per week, not the sily £40K being mentioned above.
Also we have not triggered the final £1.25M payment to WBA re number of appearances.
Also we received a £1M "loan" fee from Derby (Paul Jewell), with a view to him signing perm at end of season.
Jewell got sacked, and we got Ellington back, but we still received the £1M.
I know he has been on excessive wages (but some retrieved by various loan deals), but overall his so-called transfer fee of £3.25M is much nearer the £1M mark.
[quote][p][bold]Prof Plum[/bold] wrote: I find it hard to generate the same levels of loathing for Ellington as others clearly have. Noone can blame him for maximisng his income and he would have no influence whatsoever on the deal between Watford and West Brom that has effectively stopped us playing him for the past year. I certianly wouldn't claim that on the pitch he has been anything other than awful but I suspect that his initial underperformance was largely down to Aidy's primitive approach. The shame is that I think he would have thrived under Mackay and the current playing style, but we'll never know. Good luck to him, I say.[/p][/quote]Tend to agree with most of what you say there Prof. BTW, he is on £14k per week, not the sily £40K being mentioned above. Also we have not triggered the final £1.25M payment to WBA re number of appearances. Also we received a £1M "loan" fee from Derby (Paul Jewell), with a view to him signing perm at end of season. Jewell got sacked, and we got Ellington back, but we still received the £1M. I know he has been on excessive wages (but some retrieved by various loan deals), but overall his so-called transfer fee of £3.25M is much nearer the £1M mark. fairwater
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10:40am Thu 13 Jan 11

Watfordpete says...

And now it looks like PNE want him on 6-month loan according to Observer Twitter feed
And now it looks like PNE want him on 6-month loan according to Observer Twitter feed Watfordpete
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11:15am Thu 13 Jan 11

fairwater says...

PNE have taking the Duke on a six month loan according to Sky Sports News in the last half an hour!
PNE have taking the Duke on a six month loan according to Sky Sports News in the last half an hour! fairwater
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12:37pm Thu 13 Jan 11

the sniper says...

I think The Duke deserves another chance with Watford and form a partnership with DG,he got a raw deal under Boothroyd.Afterall Ellington was well liked by all at Watford especially for his commitment to the club and the fans.....only joking,but it got you reading this post.The sooner he moves to Preston or anywhere else the better...useless Tw4t
I think The Duke deserves another chance with Watford and form a partnership with DG,he got a raw deal under Boothroyd.Afterall Ellington was well liked by all at Watford especially for his commitment to the club and the fans.....only joking,but it got you reading this post.The sooner he moves to Preston or anywhere else the better...useless Tw4t the sniper
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