Romanian international joins Watford
Romanian international defender Gabriel Tamas joined Watford earlier this week on a one year deal for a free transfer. The 30 year old is vastly experienced and has played in the Premier League and Championship with West Brom and Doncaster. Tamas has had a colourful career to date after being released by Clurj in October 2013 due to Alcohol related issues and was also involved in a brawl in a pub whilst with Doncaster earlier this season after being drunk.
Tamas started his career in his native Romania playing for FC Brasov, Tractorul Brasov and Dinamo Buceresti between 1998 and 2003. Since leaving Dinamo Buceresti, Tamas has spent two loan spells back at the Romanian club during the during the 2004/05 and 2007/08 seasons. Then in the summer of 2003, Tamas joined Galatasaray where he made 6 appearances. He only stayed with the Turkish club for one season before joining Spartak Moscow. The Romanian stayed with the Russian club for two years where he made 17 appearances. After leaving Spartak Moscow, Tamas represented Celta Vigo and Auxerre. Then in 2010, he joined West Brom on loan a move which would be made permanent at the end of the season. He spent 3 years with the Baggies making 68 appearances scoring twice. The 30 year old impressed at the club however He had his contract terminated at West Brom in September 2013 by Mutual Consent and joined Clurj only to be released a week later by the Romanian club due to drink related issues. Then In January, he joined Doncaster Rovers on a deal until the end of the season. Paul Dickov said that Tamas former West Brom managers Roy Hodgson and Steve Clarke recommended that he should sign Tamas. However, Tamas could not prevent Doncaster from relegation to League One and decided to leave the club at the end of the season because he didn’t want to play in League 1. He made 14 appearances.
Moreover, Tamas has also represented Romania at international level. He has 63 caps for Romania to date scoring 3 goals.
Then earlier this week Tamas joined Watford on a one year deal for a free transfer. His drink related issues are a cause for concern however his experience could be a vital asset in the Hornets defence. Another positive about the signing of Tamas is that he has experienced Championship football so the Romanian should know what to expect and may not take as long to adjust. Some may say that this is an underwhelming signing but come the end of the season, it may be one that we all look back on fondly. Welcome Gabriel and let’s hope you enjoy your time with the Hornets!