Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes joined Watford in May 2014 following his release from Tottenham Hotspur and he has proven to be a reliable figure between the goalposts for the Hornets. Having started his career in his native Brazil with Cruzeiro, Gomes moved to PSV in the summer of 2004, where he quickly became a fan favourite. Over four years, he helped PSV win the Dutch Eredivisie and also turned out for the club in European competitions such as the Champions League. Gomes then joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2008 and after two years as the club's number one, Gomes slipped down the pecking order at the North London club, following the signings of Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris. He was loaned out to Hoffenheim in 2013, but his move was to be cut short after picking up an injury. After representing Spurs 97 times, the shot-stopper was released in the summer of 2014 and Watford wasted no time in signing the experienced goalkeeper, who has been capped at international level by Brazil. Gomes made his Watford debut on the opening day of the 2014/15 season and went on to play a huge part in the Hornets' promotion to the Premier League, making a number of crucial saves and keeping 15 clean sheets. The Brazilian was to be a virtual ever-present over the course of the 2015/16 season, pulling off a number of magnificent saves and helping to keep the Golden Boys in the Premier League. He deservidly won Watford's Player-Of-The-Season and Players-Player-Of-The-Season awards for his efforts and is now a firm fan favourite among supporters.
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Watford completed the signing of Daryl Janmaat from Newcastle in August 2016, with the full-back putting pen-to-paper on four-year-deal at Vicarage Road. The Holland international started his career with ADO Den Haag and after just one season he secured a move to Heerenveen in July 2008. The full-back would then enjoy seven successful seasons in the Dutch Eredivisie with both Heerenveen and Feyenoord, before he was snapped up by Newcastle United in July 2014. Janmaat would remain at St James' Park for two seasons, making 77 appearances in all competitions and scoring three times, one of which coming against the Hornets in the Magpies' 2-1 defeat to Watford in September 2015. Following Newcastle's relegation to the Championship, Janmaat moved to Watford for a fee thought to be in the region of £7.5m. He made his debut for the Golden Boys just a few days after signing for the club, when he came on as a second half substitute during the Hornets' 3-1 defeat to Arsenal. Janmaat scored his first goal for the club during the 6-1 defeat to Liverpool in November 2016 and went onto make 28 appearances, in what was an injury hit campaign for the Dutchman at Vicarage Road.
Defender Miguel Britos signed for Watford FC in July 2015, putting pen-to-paper on a three-year-deal, after four seasons with Napoli in Serie A. He started his career in his native Uruguay, turning out for Fenix, Juventud and Montevideo Wanderers, before his performances earned him a move to Bologna in July 2008. Britos then joined Napoli in July 2011, signing a four-year-contract, after the two clubs agreed a deal believed to be in the region of €9 million. In four seasons, Britos made 92 appearances for Napoli, scoring 3 times. The Uruguayan was part of the team that defeated Juventus in the Coppa Italia final in 2012 and also gained European football experience, as he featured for Napoli in their Europa League exploits. The defender joined the Hornets in July 2015, signing a three-year-deal. Britos made his debut for the Hornets during the 1-0 defeat to Preston North End in the Capital One Cup, where he was sent off for elbowing a Preston player. Despite this, Britos has become a regular in Watford's backline, making over 50 appearances since moving to Vicarage Road.
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France international defender Younes Kaboul signed for Watford in August 2016 from Sunderland, having requested to leave the Stadium of Light for personal reasons. The centre-back started his career in his native France with Auxerre, before he earnt a move to Tottenham Hotspur in July 2007. Kaboul was transferred to Portsmouth after just one season at White Hart Lane and the Frenchman flourished on the south-coast, so much so that Spurs brought him back to North London in January 2010. The centre-back's second stint at White Hart Lane would last five years with Kaboul making over 100 appearances during his time with the club. After five successful seasons in North London, he signed for Sunderland in July 2015. He would make 23 appearances in all competitions for the Black Cats last season playing a crucial role in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League. After one season at the Stadium of Light, Kaboul put pen-to-paper on a three-year-contract at Watford in August 2016 and he made his debut a week later, playing the full 90 minutes against Arsenal, a match the Hornets would lose 3-1. Kaboul went onto make 24 appearances in all competitions during his first campaign at Vicarage Road, scoring twice.
Watford signed Austrian international defender Sebastian Prodl on the 1st June 2015, on a five-year-deal after he left Werder Bremen. The 6ft 4 defender started his career in his native Austria with Sturm Graz, where he made 43 appearances in two years, scoring 4 goals. His impressive performances for the Austrian Bundesliga side led to a move to Germany, as he signed for Werder Bremen. Prodl impressed in the Germany as part of the Werder Bremen defence and he made 150 appearances, scoring 10 goals. During his time at the club, he was part of the side that reached the UEFA Cup final in 2009 and was highly rated in Germany. In addition to his club career, Prodl is also capped at international level by Austria, and represented his nation at the Euro 2008 tournament. After seven years in Germany, Prodl decided to seek a new challenge, rejecting a new contract with Werder Bremen, meaning he would become a free agent in the summer of 2015. Watford beat a number of clubs to secure his signature, with the imposing centre back putting pen-to-paper on a five-year-deal. Prodl made his Watford debut on the opening day of the 2015/16 season, playing the full 90 minutes of the Hornets' 2-2 draw with Everton. The Austrian defender put in some excellent performances during his first season at the club, making 24 appearances and scoring two goals.
Fan favourite Adrian Mariappa returned to Watford in August 2016 having left Crystal Palace. The Jamaican international came through the ranks at Vicarage Road and he went on to make 247 appearances in seven years as a professional with the Hornets. 19 of those appearances came in Watford's last stint in the Premier League back in 2006/07 and the centre-back would win the club's player-of-the-season award at the end of the 2011/12 season. Mariappa's form earnt him a move to newly promoted Premier League side Reading in July 2012 and he made 33 appearances in his one and only season at the Madejski Stadium. The Jamaican international earnt a transfer to Crystal Palace in 2013 and the centre-back would represent the Eagles 49 times in three-seasons at Selhurst Park. He was released by Palace at the end of the 2015/16 season and Mariappa re-joined the Hornets in August 2016, signing a three-year-deal at Vicarage Road.
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Nordin Amrabat joined Watford from Malaga in January 2016, with the Moroccan international winger signing a three-and-a-half-year contract at Vicarage Road. The winger, who moved to the Hornets for a club record fee, came through the ranks at Ajax but following his release, the 29-year-old worked in a kitchen cleaning the dishes, whilst also playing in the lower leagues in Holland. His big break came in 2007 when he moved to VVV Venlo and after a successful season with the newly promoted Eredivisie club, which saw him score 10 goals in 33 appearances, Amrabat was to earn a move to Dutch giants PSV in 2008. After a stint with Kayserispor, Amrabat earnt a move to Galatasaray in July 2012, a side which boasted players of the calibre of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder amongst their ranks. After three-years with the Turkish giants, Amrabat joined Malaga on loan in January 2014, with the move becoming permanent in summer. The Moroccan International made 64 appearances in two-seasons with the La Liga side, scoring eight times, before he secured a move to Vicarage Road in January 2016, after Watford met his release clause. Amrabat made 15 appearances for the Golden Boys during his first six months at Vicarage Road. On loan at Leganes
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