Coronavirus: Watford players agree squad wage deferral

Watford captain Troy Deeney: "The details of what we've agreed are private - but they're in the best interests of helping the club right now"

Watford players have agreed a squad wage deferral

Watford have reached an agreement with their players over a squad wage deferral due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes after club captain Troy Deeney led discussions between several senior members of the first-team squad and club officials.

Chairman club CEO Scott Duxbury said: "We are grateful to the players for recognising the importance of the situation and for their support of this fantastic club.

"It is a show of unity which we know our supporters and the wider Watford community will appreciate, and shows an awareness of the need for everybody to pull together in these incredibly challenging times.

"We can be proud of the players for taking this step. They recognised they have a role to play and didn't hesitate in taking a decision for the overall good of the club."

Troy Deeney arrives at Selhurst Park for Watford's Premier League match against Crystal Palace
Image: Club captain Troy Deeney led the discussion on behalf of the first-team squad

Deeney added: "It's been sensible conversations going on for a few weeks now; between players and then me as that bridge as captain with Scott.

"Nobody, wherever they work, is keen on the idea of a pay cut, so there's a bit of common sense and a good level of understanding has prevailed to get to a pay deferral over the short term."

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"The details of what we've agreed are private - but they're in the best interests of helping the club right now, no one needs to be in any doubt about that."

Premier League clubs have taken a variety of different measures, including furloughing staff and introducing pay-cuts or wage deferrals for players during the coronavirus lockdown.

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