Watford have confirmed on their official club website that forward Joshua King and goalkeeper Rob Elliot have left the club.
Watford will be hoping for a productive summer transfer window Rob Edwards bids to make his mark on the squad at Vicarage Road.
No new signings have been confirmed yet but, as with any relegated side, players are expected to head for pastures new ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. Now, as confirmed by the Hornets, two players will be moving on.
Striker King has left the club upon the expiry of his contract, while shot-stopper Elliot has also left.
The Irishman did still have a year remaining on his contract with Watford, but sporting director Cristiano Giaretta has said that the decision means he is now free to weigh up whether or not he will continue playing or retire – something he indicated he would like to do to the club.
A summer revamp…
The departures of King and Elliot free up two spots in the Watford squad for new additions to come in.
Not only that, but the pair are now free to consider their next moves without being tied to the club, also freeing some space on the Hornets’ wage bill.
Edwards will be keen to make a breakthrough on the transfer front sooner rather than later. Many managers prefer to have their transfer business done before the new season begins and, preferably, have as many through the door before pre-season begins as possible.
It gives the new additions time to adjust to their new surroundings and settle in before returning to competitive football, so it remains to be seen if Watford can make their first signing soon.