New Watford signing Craig Dawson has been impressed with head coach Javi Gracia's attention to detail since moving to Vicarage Road.

The 29-year-old centre-back joined the Premier League club from West Bromwich Albion this summer on a four-year deal.

Gracia is renowned for his meticulous preparation and the Spaniard has already made an impact on Dawson during his short time at the club.

Dawson told Premier League Productions: "I’ve been very impressed with the coach. It’s just been everything, really; his passion for football, his detail. Every little detail is covered. Every player knows what is asked from him and what his role is.”

Gracia believes Dawson has the right qualities, both as a player and a character, to fit into the Hornets squad and enhance the team.

The Watford head coach said: “He’s a very good professional and a very good player for us.

“He’s one more into the squad, into the group, and he’s the right player for us with his personality and quality. I’m sure he will help us a lot this season.”

The experienced defender knows he cannot take his place in the side for granted with plenty of competition in his position from the likes of Craig Cathcart, Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele.

Dawson said: “I’ve had a lot of conversations [with Gracia].

“He wants me to play an important part in the squad. There is lots of competition and great players in the squad and everyone is pushing for a starting place.”

Dawson is good friends with Ben Foster from the goalkeeper's time at West Brom and the defender has had no trouble settling quickly into Watford's squad ahead of the new season.

“Everyone one of the lads has been fantastic,” he said. ”I think Ben tipped a few of them off about me...but I’ve had nothing but a warm welcome since I arrived. It’s a group that are together and everyone works very hard.”