Deeney will lead Watford despite the threat from Gray
Marco Silva has announced Troy Deeney will remain Watford's captain after the striker's first-team place appeared to come under threat from the £18.5million arrival of Andre Gray.
The club's new manager had previously refused to guarantee Deeney, 29, would lead his new-look team.
After a pre-season largely spent pursuing his favoured 4-3-3 formation with which he impressed at Hull, and after club-record signing Gray joined from Burnley to compete with Deeney for the lone central striker's role, Silva also said the two players were unlikely to form a partnership.
Watford host Liverpool in the Premier League tomorrow in the Portuguese's first competitive game at the club, but even if Deeney misses out owing to a groin problem he will remain in the manager's plans.
"He's our player and our captain," said Silva. "He's important to us and is our captain and of course I want to keep him in the team."
Watford remain interested in Everton's Aaron Lennon.