World Cup hopeful Jay DeMerit heads list of Watford players set to be released

Watford Observer: Jay DeMerit is set to leave Vicarage Road this summer Jay DeMerit is set to leave Vicarage Road this summer

Watford captain Jay DeMerit, experienced midfielder Jon Harley and striker Will Hoskins are all to be released by the club.

The Hornets will not confirm which players will not be offered contract renewals this summer but the Watford Observer understands the trio will not get the opportunity to sign new deals.

Youngsters Jonathan North, Lewis Young and Billy Gibson will also be released and Jordan Parkes has also been told he can leave the club despite having another year on his contract.

DeMerit's departure has been expected for some time after the USA international revealed last year he would not open contract negotiations until after this summer's World Cup.

Hornets' boss Malky Mackay said: "Jay is out of contract and financially we are not in a position to offer him a new contract and he has the World Cup.

"Jay also has an awful lot of other things in his life outside football that he is going to think about and even what country he is going to be in next year.

"I don't even think Jay knows what is going to happen after the World Cup yet but he goes with my best wishes."

Watford's financial situation is well-documented and the club are once again cutting the playing budget as they continue to adjust to life outside of the Premier League.

Harley, DeMerit and Hoskins were three of the club's highest earners and Nathan Ellington, who is also on high wages, is expected to remain in Greece for another six months.

But Adrian Mariappa has recently signed a new contract and Watford have also activated one-year extensions with Marvin Sordell, Michael Bryan and Rob Kiernan.

Richard Lee, Dale Bennett and Liam Henderson are also considering new contracts, but it is John Eustace who the supporters are most concerned about leaving.

Eustace was the Players' Player of the Year this season and Mackay wants the 30-year-old to stay.

Mackay said: "We are talking to John at the moment and I am hoping John will be here next year.

"He has been an immense part of our season on and off the pitch and he has been a real leader both on and off the pitch.

"We are hopeful we can get something sorted pretty soon."

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12:05pm Fri 14 May 10

watters84 says...

Now the financial reality is made clear in practical terms. The budget now will be based on producing young talent selling it on and hoping that in the academy an Ashley Young type will come forward to balance the books.
Sign of the times!
Now the financial reality is made clear in practical terms. The budget now will be based on producing young talent selling it on and hoping that in the academy an Ashley Young type will come forward to balance the books. Sign of the times! watters84

12:07pm Fri 14 May 10

yellowredblack says...

Sounds unkind but won't miss any of them. Each year we come up with something better that we hadn't expected, Cleverley, Cork etc. Makes room for the Buckleys and other more promising players whose careers lie in front rather than behind them. Some old faces will still be hanging around though and i hope we don't add Helguson to that list.
Sounds unkind but won't miss any of them. Each year we come up with something better that we hadn't expected, Cleverley, Cork etc. Makes room for the Buckleys and other more promising players whose careers lie in front rather than behind them. Some old faces will still be hanging around though and i hope we don't add Helguson to that list. yellowredblack

12:34pm Fri 14 May 10

wat_tyler says...

Bring on the young players who'd bleed for the shirt of the club they grew up with but are hungry success in the future.
Cha-ching $£$ Its win win with a decent academy behind you ;)
Bring on the young players who'd bleed for the shirt of the club they grew up with but are hungry success in the future. Cha-ching $£$ Its win win with a decent academy behind you ;) wat_tyler

1:57pm Fri 14 May 10

jasonwatford says...

Feel sorry for Hoskins as had a bad deal since he arrived here....Harley is a good squad player but needs one more pay day i guess...as for that yank...thank god hes going. Young hungry players can work well but can also be very inconsistant so lets be careful with them
Feel sorry for Hoskins as had a bad deal since he arrived here....Harley is a good squad player but needs one more pay day i guess...as for that yank...thank god hes going. Young hungry players can work well but can also be very inconsistant so lets be careful with them jasonwatford

4:05pm Fri 14 May 10

Prof Plum says...

Particularly pleased to see Hoskins shown the door. The overpaid underachiever was an unwelcome reminder of the scandalous profligacy of the Boothroyd/Simpton/As
hton era -along with the three sided stadium and the 'key worker' flats, of course
Particularly pleased to see Hoskins shown the door. The overpaid underachiever was an unwelcome reminder of the scandalous profligacy of the Boothroyd/Simpton/As hton era -along with the three sided stadium and the 'key worker' flats, of course Prof Plum

4:07pm Fri 14 May 10

WFC4ever says...

Saved a few bob then on players who wanted to go or were being paid a lot for not doing much...

I thought Gibson might be given more of a chance but cannot keep all the youngsters.

Young is rubbish and North was actually let go last season but we signed him back up because of injuries.
Saved a few bob then on players who wanted to go or were being paid a lot for not doing much... I thought Gibson might be given more of a chance but cannot keep all the youngsters. Young is rubbish and North was actually let go last season but we signed him back up because of injuries. WFC4ever

7:37pm Sat 15 May 10

StotfoldHornet says...

Not overly bothered by this either, will be sad to see Harley go and agree, Hoskins had a raw deal, probably should have played more but i guess we'll never know if he would have made a difference, hopefully Eustace can be pursuded to stay and captain the side next season, i', already looking forward to another rollercoaster ride come august...... who wants to win week in week out anyway, thats just boring!!??
Not overly bothered by this either, will be sad to see Harley go and agree, Hoskins had a raw deal, probably should have played more but i guess we'll never know if he would have made a difference, hopefully Eustace can be pursuded to stay and captain the side next season, i', already looking forward to another rollercoaster ride come august...... who wants to win week in week out anyway, thats just boring!!?? StotfoldHornet

1:22am Sun 16 May 10

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8:44am Sun 16 May 10

Chris the Vic says...

Disappointed with Gibson going, but all the chat about academy players is great but often totally misleading.
Lewis young, even better than his brother, was the quote of two years back. Now he goes on a freebe...Best of luck to all the players moving on, even the ego aka JayDM, and I hope JE signs as he would be genuinely missed both as a player and as our captain...something he should have been all season.
Disappointed with Gibson going, but all the chat about academy players is great but often totally misleading. Lewis young, even better than his brother, was the quote of two years back. Now he goes on a freebe...Best of luck to all the players moving on, even the ego aka JayDM, and I hope JE signs as he would be genuinely missed both as a player and as our captain...something he should have been all season. Chris the Vic

5:17pm Sun 16 May 10

Billie says...

Does anyone know if we are subsidising Mr Ellington? I hope we are being paid in Euros, the pound is lower now than when he went.
Incredible to think we could have been in Div 1 with a player, well, someone on the payroll, who, with his transfer fee and total contract pay cost, were far and away greater than the clubs entire turnover for a year. Such was the 'prudence' of our previous CE and Chair. Could WST comment on that. Incredible when you think about it.
Does anyone know if we are subsidising Mr Ellington? I hope we are being paid in Euros, the pound is lower now than when he went. Incredible to think we could have been in Div 1 with a player, well, someone on the payroll, who, with his transfer fee and total contract pay cost, were far and away greater than the clubs entire turnover for a year. Such was the 'prudence' of our previous CE and Chair. Could WST comment on that. Incredible when you think about it. Billie

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