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Posted on: Thu 30 Apr 2009

WATFORD FC has reached a settlement with goalkeeper Mart Poom and agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent.

The 37-year-old stopper has agreed to part company with the club after joining from Arsenal in May 2007.

His contract was due to finish at the end of June, when he would have become a free agent.

In his time at Vicarage Road the Estonian has made a total of 19 appearances - seven of those have come in the 2008/09 campaign.

Poom last played for the Golden Boys in September 2008 when Reading visited Vicarage Road.


He dislocated his shoulder in the clash with The Royals, which was later to become infamous for Reading's 'ghost-goal'.

Since September, Poom has spent time with the Hornets' medical department at London Colney.

The shot-stopper is now fit again and has been joining in full training with the rest of the squad.


The club would like to place on record its appreciation for Mart's efforts since joining the Hornets.

Speaking to www.watfordfc.com, Poom said: "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 in.

"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, my thanks also to Alec [Chamberlain] who has been fantastic to work with.

"I wish the club all the success in the future."

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."



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