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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 July 2006, 16:42 GMT 17:42 UK
Watford sign Francis from Wigan
Damien Francis
Francis is Watford's fifth signing of the summer
Premiership newcomers Watford have completed the signing of midfielder Damien Francis from Wigan.

Jamaica international Francis, 27, has agreed a three-year deal for a fee that could rise to 1.5m.

He only moved to the JJB Stadium last season but struggled to hold down a regular place in the side and made it clear he wanted to leave.

Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd said: "I knew Damien from my time at Norwich and he's a professional right to the end."

Francis becomes the Hornets manager's fifth signing of the summer, joining Scott Loach, Claude Seanla, Sheku Kamara and veteran Chris Powell at Vicarage Road.

He's a 2m player, and the fact we've got him for the money we have is a real coup

Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd
After previous spells with Wimbledon and Norwich, Francis brings what Boothroyd describes as "strength to our central midfield area".

Boothroyd added: "Things have not happened for him at Wigan and that sometimes happens at some clubs, but I think we're right for him and he's right for us.

"He's a 2m player, and the fact we've got him for the money we have is a real coup for us."

Wigan boss Paul Jewell said: "We didn't want to sell him because we do not have the biggest squad here.

"But I respect him too much as a person to stand in his way, and he goes to Watford with our best wishes."



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