Eustace explains Watford decision

04 June 2010 12:26
Watford midfielder John Eustace says he was close to moving to Leeds before signing a two-year deal at the Hornets.The 30-year-old was on the brink of agreeing terms at Elland Road but made a last minute U-turn. [LNB]He told the club's website: "Leeds made me a good offer and I owed it to myself and family to meet them. [LNB]"The whole move didn't feel right for me at this time, so I called the gaffer to see if his original offer was still on the table." [LNB]Reports have suggested the switch fell through because of an issue with the former Coventry player's medical, something Eustace firmly denies.[LNB] I think it's fair to say he's a true legend and all round nice guy! He stayed over a last big money chance, to be our club captain! Can we call him a Watford legend now? Take a bow son "That is total rubbish. I did a full and thorough medical and simply had a change of heart and decided not to sign," he said. [LNB]"Watford would not have made me a two-year offer if they had any doubts about my physical condition and don't forget I played 45 matches last season." [LNB]The Hornets captain won the club's players' player-of-the-year award last season and was expected to be in high demand. [LNB]"There was interest from elsewhere in John, but I'm very pleased he's decided to stay," said boss Malkay Mackay. [LNB]"The way he has carried himself this season is a credit to himself and he was outstanding for us." [LNB]Eustace joined the Hornets from Stoke on transfer deadline day in January 2008 but found himself out of favour 12 months later, leading to a loan move to Derby County. [LNB]The arrival of Mackay as manager in June 2009 signalled a fresh start for the former Coventry trainee, who made 45 appearances this season, scoring four goals.

Source: BBC_Sport