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Former Newcastle United 35 year old veteran gets two year deal at Premier League Watford

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In a surprise move, Rob Elliot has been handed a new contract at (now) Premier League Watford.

The former Newcastle United goalkeeper is now contracted until the end of June 2023, as reported in an exclusive by The Athletic.

The now 35 year old joined Watford in January (2021) as a free agent after leaving Newcastle United in summer 2020.

December 2017 proved to be Elliot’s last ever game for Newcastle United, a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League.

Starting only 51 Premier League matches in his nine years on Tyneside, Elliot was not Premier League level as a first choice goalkeeper, but filled in well at times when needed.

In these past six months, Rob Elliot has been on the bench in 10 Championship matches for Watford but not got on the pitch.

He was brought in as a temporary six month signing as back-up for Daniel Bachmann, after Ben Foster suffered a finger injury that ruled him out for a couple of months.

The Athletic report that Rob Elliott has made an impact behind the scenes at Watford, in the dressing room and on the training pitch, despite not playing any first team minutes.

As Watford pushed for promotion, in January 2021 they also signed another two former Newcastle United players.

The Hornets buying Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling for an undisclosed fee, the ex-NUFC player making 13 Championship appearances in the promotion run-in and scoring two goals.

Gosling, like Rob Elliot, is set for the Premier League now, however, Achraf Lazaar is not.

The former Newcastle United left-sided defender making only two starts and three sub appearances for Watford, who didn’t offer him a new deal as they move up to the Premier League.

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