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Northern Ireland defender Cathcart signs new Watford deal

Craig Cathcart
Craig Cathcart

By Joshua Bunting

Northern Ireland international Craig Cathcart has put pen to paper to extend his stay at Premier League side Watford for a further four years until 2023.

Cathcart has racked up 146 appearances for the Hornets, scoring seven goals in the process and helping them to the FA Cup final for the first time in 35 years last month.

The defender has featured in all of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifying games including the 1-0 win over Belarus on Tuesday night.

The ex-Manchester United trainee was a near ever-present in Javi Gracia's back-four last season, chipping in with three goals, including the winner in a memorable 2-1 victory over Tottenham.

Cathcart was also named the best international player at the Northern Ireland football awards.

He told the Watford website: “I feel at home, I’m comfortable and it’s a family club.”.

“I enjoy coming here every day to work, it’s a nice atmosphere and when things are going well it’s even better," Cathcart said.

“My family love living here and things are going well. We had a great season last season with the team, and everything is looking positive. I’m delighted to stay.

“The club has been on an upward swing since I’ve come here and I don’t want it to stop now, I want it to carry on.

“We want to push on again and be competitive as a team. You want to be successful as a team and as an individual player as well, and that’s what I’m looking forward to in the next four years, hopefully.”

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