Watford extend Deeney deal

Hornets pleased to reward former Walsall striker

Troy Deeney: Watford have taken up the option to extend the striker's contract by 12 months

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Watford have taken up the option on Troy Deeney's contract to keep the striker at Vicarage Road until the end of next season.

Deeney has scored 11 goals in 79 appearances in all competitions for the Hornets since joining the club from Walsall in 2010.

His contract was due to expire in the summer but, after scoring five goals in his last 10 games, he will now be staying for a further 12 months.

Football business director Ross Wilson told the club's official website: "Options such as these are commonplace in our players' contracts.

"So with effect from today, we're pleased to have extended the contract of Troy Deeney for a further period of 12 months."

The 23-year-old has flourished since fellow forward Marvin Sordell left for Bolton in the January transfer window and took his tally to eight for this season after scoring in Saturday's 2-1 win over Ipswich Town.