Lewington ready to fight Cook case

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Watford manager Ray Lewington has stated his intention to seek a suitable fee from a tribunal for new Queens Park Rangers signing Lee Cook.

The 22-year-old penned a three-year contract with The R's earlier this month, having spent time on loan with the Loftus Road club in season 2002/03.

Despite rejecting the offer of a new contract with The Hornets, Cook cannot leave Vicarage Road on a Bosman free as he is under 24 years of age.

Lewington is ready to fight Watford's case to earn a proper valuation for Cook in the forthcoming tribunal.

"We hope the tribunal is sooner rather than later. We're not going to let him go for nothing, that's for sure," Lewington said.

"We're going to make sure we do the best deal for the club. I have a rough idea of what he's worth. I rate him quite highly.

"We know it's often the selling club who loses out but that doesn't matter, we'll still put what we feel is a fair valuation on him."

Meanwhile, Watford are running the rule over three trialists - with Dulwich Hamlet striker Omari Coleman, Adam Howarth and former Crystal Palace and Bristol Rovers player Danny Boxall all getting the chance to impress the Hertfordshire-based outfit.