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DEMERIT SIGNS FOR VANCOUVER WHITECAPS


Former Watford skipper Jay DeMerit has exclusively told My Local News his love for the Hornets played a big part in his decision to sign for Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps. Jay, a very popular figure at the club during


his six years there, joined the Major League Soccer (MLS) new boys last month after his Watford contract ended last season. The amiable American World Cup star was a


key figure in Watford‟s promotion season 2005/2006 scoring in the Play-Off final against Leeds United, a day he remembers well. He said: “That was my greatest moment in my


Watford career. A lot of my mates had backed me as the first goalscorer and thankfully they won a few quid. “I love the club, the fans, the staff and


although I was offered a chance to play for other sides in the Championship in the close season but there was no way I could have joined them because of my bond with Watford. “The club gave me my start in football and I‟ll


be forever grateful to everyone there. I‟ve visited the training ground to see Malky and the guys a few times during the four months I have had off after the World Cup.” Jay gave his reasons for choosing Vancouver


Whitecaps over offers from France, Germany and England. He added: “This is club making its debut in the MLS and it has real aspirations for the future. They‟ve already sold 15,000 season tickets and the season doesn‟t even start till March. “There is also a new stadium being built and


Vancouver is a great city to live. I just feel that it was the complete package and just what I‟m looking for at this stage of my career. The Winconsin born defender is looking


Jay at the end of season awards dinner last year.


forward to facing up to David Beckham, USA star Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry who all ply their trade in the MLS. He explained how he feels Watford is still a


work in progress but that the club is moving in the right direction. “Malky is a big buddy of mine and was great for my career. He‟s doing a job with very limited resources. “I want to thank everyone at Watford,


especially the fans for all their years of support. It was an absolute pleasure to play for them.”


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