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Ashley Fletcher excited to make Watford move

Ashley Fletcher is excited with his move to Watford.

The striker came through the illustrious Manchester United academy, had a taste of top-flight action with West Ham, has since found goalscoring form with Middlesbrough and now feels prepared to test himself against the best again with Watford.

“I'm delighted. The club is going straight back up to the Premier League and as soon as I knew of the interest, I wanted to get the deal done," said the 25-year-old to Watford's website.

“It's going to be brilliant for me to walk out at Vicarage Road and I can't wait to see the fans back in the stadium. I want to get fans off the edge of their seats, I want to score goals and contribute to the team. I'm looking forward to seeing them, hopefully exciting them, and let's have a good season next year."

Fletcher stands tall at 6ft 5in, but his game transcends his aerial ability. During his last full season in the Championship, he notched 11 goals – the pick of which was a 35-yard stunner against West Brom – and created a further seven assists.

“I'm not just your typical target man, I'm quite quick as well and I can run at players," he said. “I'm decent on the ball and I want to take players on and excite the crowd. That's one of my benefits and something I'd like to do whilst I'm here.

“When a lot of people watch me, I think they're surprised at how quick I am and how fluid I am moving for such a tall person. That scares defenders sometimes, that unpredictability can be a good weapon to have, and I can't wait to get going."


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