GEORGE Thorne has spoken to watfordfc.com about his loan move to Watford:
“I’m delighted to sign,” he said.
“Outside the Premier League, Watford are one of the best footballing teams. As a player that likes to play football, there’s nothing more appealing than that.
“I like to play with the ball on the deck, and I like the formation Watford play. I’ve watched them for a while now. It was always an attraction for me to come and play football, and that’s something I look forward to doing."
The England youth international also admitted that the opportunity to work with Gianfranco Zola, and some advice from current and former Hornets, made his decision to joint the ranks at Vicarage Road an easy one.
“I spoke to Gianfranco Zola a few times personally, and I also know the likes of Josh McEachran, as well as Nathaniel Chalobah and Matej Vydra who is up at West Brom," he said.
“They have all spoken very highly of Gianfranco, and I can see that by the way the lads are on the pitch, celebrating with the manager when they score.
“It was very appealing to have the gaffer here. I’ve heard nothing but good words, and I can’t wait to get started.”
The Albion youth product, who has made 17 appearances at the Hawthorns, has spent an extended period on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, and said he was appreciative of the Hornets' faith in him as he tries to work back to full fitness.
“It’s been a long rehabilitation programme, it’s been nearly a year,” the 20-year-old explained.
“I knew Watford were interested, even when I was still injured. Showing faith like that I think is commendable.
“To have a club like Watford waiting for me is flattering. I’m eager to get back on the pitch and pick up where I left off.
“There’s nothing I want to do more than kick on and play football. It’s going to take a few games to get back into the rhythm of it, fitness wise, as well as mentally and physically.
“I’m grateful to Watford for giving me that opportunity to get back to that stage, and I want to help the club achieve their goals.”