Massey has no Reds regrets

Teenage striker happy to have stuck with Hornets

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Watford starlet Gavin Massey insists he has no regrets at having passed up the opportunity to join Liverpool.

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The 17-year-old striker was reported to be attracting interest from Anfield back in May, with the Reds keen to snap him up as a potential star of the future.

Massey, though, resisted their overtures and opted instead to pen a new two-year contract at Vicarage Road.

He believes he made the right choice, with first-team opportunities expected to be easier to come by with the Hornets.

The teenage prodigy claims he is no rush to reach the top and has pointed to the career path taken by former Watford star Ashley Young, who is now an England international and Aston Villa mainstay, as proof that good things come to those who wait.

Opportunity

"I heard the week before I signed my pro deal that Liverpool were interested in me but I never thought about moving," Massey told the Watford Observer.

"I've been at Watford all my life and I want to learn my trade here.

"If you look at Ashley, he stuck at it, did really well and got a big move. It just proves if you stay at Watford and work hard, you'll get your opportunity.

"Looking at Lee Hodson, he played almost every game last season and it shows if the gaffer likes you and trusts you, you'll get the chance. Those two players are players I look up to.

"I also quite like staying at home so I didn't want a move to Liverpool and to a different environment. I'm quite happy at Watford."