TRANSFER WINDOW: Nosworthy the first January departure from Sunderland as he moves ‘home’ to Watford

Nyron Nosworthy.
Nyron Nosworthy.
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WATFORD boss Sean Dyche thanked Steve Bruce for helping the Hornets sign Sunderland’s Nyron Nosworthy on a permanent deal.

And the experienced former Gillingham stopper, who won the Championship with Sunderland in 2007 and joined the club two years earlier, is delighted with the move.

The 31-year-old has been on loan at Vicarage Road since October 2011 and has signed a two-year deal with the Championship club.

“It feels like home here,” Nosworthy told Watford’s official website. “Credit to the manager here for the chance he gave me to play and for helping make this deal happen.

“I’m also grateful to Sunderland for letting me get on with playing first-team football, which is what I need at this stage in my career.

“It’s a very professional set-up at Watford. Training is enjoyable and the whole club has impressed me.”

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Nosworthy made125 appearances the Black Cats after joining from Gillingham in 2005 and was named the club’s Player of the Year as Sunderland lifted the Championship title under Roy Keane, who played him mostly at centre-back.

He also enjoyed two loan spells with Sheffield United between 2009 and 2011, making 51 appearances for the Blades.

“I think it’s important we recognise the part played by both Steve Bruce and Martin O’Neill; first Steve in allowing Nyron to join us on loan and then for Martin to allow the deal to go through,” added Watford boss Sean Dyche. “It’s also a tribute to this club; to the environment that is present around the place that a player is able to settle in straight away.

“We’re very pleased and feel fortunate to have found a way to have made this deal happen within the financial constraints that exist at this club.

“For a player to have made such a mark with fellow players, staff and supporters in a relatively short space of time speaks volumes about Nyron as a man, as well as a footballer.

“I’m sure we all feel, and by that I mean everyone connected with the club, that this is another strong addition to the squad.

“I’ve talked recently about how important it is to add quality at the right time and, with Sunderland’s assistance, we’ve managed to do that with Nyron.

“We’ve got to be careful with how we do our business. It’s not an easy task, a signing like this, but it can be done.”