Monday 19 March 2018

Murray given new Watford deal

WATFORD have moved quickly to secure the future of highly-rated Irish teenager Sean Murray by handing him a new deal that keep him at the club until 2015.

Fans have been raving about Murray, 18, this season on the back of form which has seen him score five goals in the last seven games for the Hornets and manager Sean Dyche joked that the Ireland U19 cap was worth £25million.

But there was no joking about Watford's intentions for the player as they tore up his current deal and handed him a new three-year contract.

Murray also caught the eye in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham and manager Dyche is delighted with the Irishman's form.

"I was questioned about putting him in for the Tottenham game but I think the evidence is quite clear that he is a young man who has a feel for the situation," said the Hornets boss.

"It doesn't flummox him and he has a calmness to him - you could see that from his finish. What a calm finish that is, there are no concerns, he just strokes it into the net."

Jack Grealish claims he was spat on by opponents during Ireland's defeat to Albania in the U17 European Championship qualifiers earlier this week.

John Morling's side have missed out on a place at the Euro finals after losing all three games in their qualifying tournament held in Holland, but Tuesday's 2-1 loss left a sour taste for Grealish.

"The game was an absolute disgrace, I got spat on, elbowed, kicked, punched, slapped, my lip has been split open, I got stuff said to me about my little sisters, it's an absolute joke," Grealish said on twitter.

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