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Goalkeeper Searle leaves Watford

Watford

Watford have terminated the contract of 30-year-old goalkeeper Stuart Searle by mutual consent.

The keeper was brought to Vicarage Road by former Hornets boss Brendan Rodgers, who had worked with him while the pair were at Chelsea.

Rodgers signed him in January 2009 to provide cover for Watford's first-choice keepers.

"He wants to go and play football and I for one totally understand that," said goalkeeping coach Alec Chamberlain.

"Stuart has come from a totally different background, working as a coach at Chelsea and playing for their reserves.

"He has made a decision to his credit that he wants to go, rather than sit here, just train and pick up his money.

Searle approached the management team last week with a transfer request, citing his desire to play first team football.

"Stuart is now going to look for something in League One or Two or a top non-league side so he's playing regular football, and I think that is to his credit really," Chamberlain told the club's website.

"We all wish him well. He trained with me and he worked hard at his game and I'm sure that will continue wherever he goes."



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