Eustace looks set to depart.
Club Captain John Eustace, looks set to end his 5 and a half year stay at the club as the Watford Observer reported in todays newspaper that the midfielder is leaving the club after his contract has expired. According to the Observer, the Club wanted to keep him on their books with an option to become a coach in the future at the club but Eustace looks set to leave so that he can prolong his career and achieve more playing time. The 33 year old midfielder joined the club in January 2008 when Aidy Boothroyd was in charge. However, when Brendan Rodgers took over at the club during the 2008/09 season, Eustace time at the club looked set to come to an end after Rodgers deemed him surplus to requirements and sent him out on loan to Derby County for the final half of the 2008/09 season. But, when Eustace returned, Rodgers had left and Malkay Mackay was now manager meaning that the door was open for him to return. He was thrust back into the first team and captained the side when Jay Demerit was injured. In the summer of 2010/11, Eustace rejected a contract offer from Leeds United to stay at the club and signed a new two year deal. He was a first team regular under Malkay Mackay and Sean Dyche during the 2011/12 seaso. Eustace has found the 2012/13 season hard due to an ongoing back injury which has restricted him to just 9 appearances. In total, Eustace has made 168 appearances for the club scoring 15 goals for the Hornets. He will be remembered for his leadership and tenasity in the centre of midfield and as a great role model and proffesional at the club. As well as this, he will also be remembered for the two overhead kick goals he has scored for the club ( Coventry 2010/11 season and Barnsley 2011/12). A number of clubs are interested in Eustace. One of them is believed to be Swindon Town who have already got in touch with his representatives according to the Watford Observer and the Swindon Advertiser. Whatever happens, Eustace will go down as one of the best midfielders that the club has ever had and will be a brilliant player for the next club that he goes too. Good Luck John and thanks for everything.