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Watford terminate Poom's contract

Mart Poom
Poom has won 75 caps with Estonia

Watford have agreed to terminate the contract of goalkeeper Mart Poom by mutual consent.

The 37-year-old Estonia international joined the Hornets from Arsenal in 2007 and his contract was to run through to the end of June.

Poom told the club website: "I'm sorry I couldn't have played more games for Watford due to injury, but I certainly enjoyed the matches that I did play."

Poom has not played since injuring a shoulder against Reading in September.

"I am very grateful to Andy Rolls, Richard Collinge and all the other medical staff at the club who have worked incredibly hard getting me back to fitness," he added.

"My thanks also go to Alec [Chamberlain] who has been fantastic to work with and I wish the club all the success in the future."

Watford goalkeeper coach Alec Chamberlain added: "Mart's professionalism and dedication is second to none, his injury against Reading was very unfortunate and a freak one that ended his season.

"By his high standards I'm sure he would have been disappointed with his first year as he had a few niggles. But he came back very determined for pre-season and started the season in excellent form and I know he's been frustrated by his injuries.

"Mart has shown tremendous dedication and willingness to get himself back fit and he has now been training with me for the last six weeks. So, it is all credit to him he is fit again, with the help of the medical staff.

"Whatever he chooses to do next, everyone at the club certainly wishes him all the very best for the future."

Poom started is career with FC Wil, before moving to England with Portsmouth, going on to play for Derby and Sunderland before joining Arsenal in August 2005.



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