Nathan Ellington set for Watford return as club receive no offers for former Bristol Rovers striker

Nathan Ellington set for Watford return as club receive no offers for former Bristol Rovers striker

Nathan Ellington set for Watford return as club receive no offers for former Bristol Rovers striker

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Watford have confirmed they have received no offers for Nathan Ellington and expect their highest paid player to return to the club.

Ellington’s year-long loan at Greek side Skoda Xanthi ends on January 1 and he was scheduled to return to the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

“Nathan’s current situation is that he will come back to us as his loan deal runs out and he is our player,” Hornets manager Malky Mackay confirmed.

“We have not had any official enquiries at the moment for Nathan. We have a period coming up where teams look to bring players in during the window again, where in the last couple of months it has been quiet. So I would expect to start taking phone calls.”

When asked about the possibility of Ellington re-signing for Xanthi, Mackay replied: “I don’t think anything is out of the question at all, it comes down to a decision as to what Nathan would like to do or what the Greek team would like to do.

“He knows the situation he is in at the moment and it is up to himself and other teams to do something about that.”

Ellington, who has six months left on his Watford contract, made a number of revelations on social networking site Twitter this week, confirming former club Bristol Rovers were one of the teams interested in a possible loan move.

The 29-year-old stated he wants to return to England and when asked by one Watford fan why he wouldn’t follow John Eustace in renegotiating his contract to secure first-team football, indicated he couldn’t play for Watford even if the club wanted him to because it would trigger extra payments to West Bromwich Albion.

Another Watford fan had previously asked Ellington if he was “embarrassed” by his contribution since signing for Watford for £3.25m in 2007.

The ‘Duke’ responded: “Not embarrassed, just disappointed with myself. That’s the only club where I didn’t have good stats. First year on the bench and playing pure long ball didn’t help.”

He added: “Under Malky was great to be honest, but the damage was already done. Financial troubles meant I can’t play even if they wanted.

“I’ll move to another club. I have no doubt I’ll be flying again, I feel great and can’t wait to go somewhere and play regularly again.”

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11:17am Thu 23 Dec 10

fairwater says...

Can Frank Smith or someone in the Wobby please ask Malky if it is true that we have to pay extra money to WBA if the Duke plays for us again.
Otherwise, why not give him a game against Hartlepool in the Cup to rest the likes of Graham, Deeney and Sordell?
He could also prove to be a useful sub over the festive period, with so many games coming thick and fast.
We have a very thin squad, and more injuries are bound to occur, so why not get some extra value out of Ellington if we do not have to pay any extra installments!
It also puts him in the shop window again, with a view to a final sale in the January window.
Can Frank Smith or someone in the Wobby please ask Malky if it is true that we have to pay extra money to WBA if the Duke plays for us again. Otherwise, why not give him a game against Hartlepool in the Cup to rest the likes of Graham, Deeney and Sordell? He could also prove to be a useful sub over the festive period, with so many games coming thick and fast. We have a very thin squad, and more injuries are bound to occur, so why not get some extra value out of Ellington if we do not have to pay any extra installments! It also puts him in the shop window again, with a view to a final sale in the January window. fairwater
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12:19pm Thu 23 Dec 10

wfcjames says...

I think we should give him one last FINAL chance. The boy is a goal scorer, there is no doubt about that and perhaps in our current system he can do well? There is no point banishing him to the reserves for the rest of the season when hes on those wages.

He stated before he liked Malky and he still felt he had something to offer.

Going to be an interesting development though
I think we should give him one last FINAL chance. The boy is a goal scorer, there is no doubt about that and perhaps in our current system he can do well? There is no point banishing him to the reserves for the rest of the season when hes on those wages. He stated before he liked Malky and he still felt he had something to offer. Going to be an interesting development though wfcjames
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2:10pm Thu 23 Dec 10

khvb says...

He should never be anywhere near the place again. Players are like anybody else and if this bloke turns up for work and is getting £14k+ a week then it places at risk the stability of the wage structure that the club is working hard to implement.
He should never be anywhere near the place again. Players are like anybody else and if this bloke turns up for work and is getting £14k+ a week then it places at risk the stability of the wage structure that the club is working hard to implement. khvb
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2:55pm Thu 23 Dec 10

WFC4ever says...

wfcjames wrote:
I think we should give him one last FINAL chance. The boy is a goal scorer, there is no doubt about that and perhaps in our current system he can do well? There is no point banishing him to the reserves for the rest of the season when hes on those wages. He stated before he liked Malky and he still felt he had something to offer. Going to be an interesting development though
I think Malky has before there is no chance of him playing for the 1st team again but if needs must...
[quote][p][bold]wfcjames[/bold] wrote: I think we should give him one last FINAL chance. The boy is a goal scorer, there is no doubt about that and perhaps in our current system he can do well? There is no point banishing him to the reserves for the rest of the season when hes on those wages. He stated before he liked Malky and he still felt he had something to offer. Going to be an interesting development though[/p][/quote]I think Malky has before there is no chance of him playing for the 1st team again but if needs must... WFC4ever
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3:33pm Thu 23 Dec 10

pfwhornets says...

£18K a week actually. Close to £1Mill a year. 50% to Mr Osborne (at least he's helping the country's deficit) and the other £0,5M per year in his back pocket.

If WFC can negotiate something with WBA to waive the additional payment AND Ellinglump offers to cut salary to around 3K - 6K a week he'll have a chace to play, get noticed, get sold with a fee that WBA will get a %age of, then everyone's happy. WBA get no sell on fee if he goes on a free.

If the take over doesn't happen and we have to sell Danny then his services might be needed. There won't be any money to buy a proven striker and we need to find £5M a year without additional investment.
£18K a week actually. Close to £1Mill a year. 50% to Mr Osborne (at least he's helping the country's deficit) and the other £0,5M per year in his back pocket. If WFC can negotiate something with WBA to waive the additional payment AND Ellinglump offers to cut salary to around 3K - 6K a week he'll have a chace to play, get noticed, get sold with a fee that WBA will get a %age of, then everyone's happy. WBA get no sell on fee if he goes on a free. If the take over doesn't happen and we have to sell Danny then his services might be needed. There won't be any money to buy a proven striker and we need to find £5M a year without additional investment. pfwhornets
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8:12pm Thu 23 Dec 10

Robert Peel says...

You can't polish a t urd.
You can't polish a t urd. Robert Peel
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8:06am Fri 24 Dec 10

wozza68 says...

Robert Peel wrote:
You can't polish a t urd.
Thats a shame would make a cheap and original xmas present for my x.
[quote][p][bold]Robert Peel[/bold] wrote: You can't polish a t urd.[/p][/quote]Thats a shame would make a cheap and original xmas present for my x. wozza68
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8:32am Fri 24 Dec 10

No Wheels says...

Robert Peel wrote:
You can't polish a t urd.

But you CAN roll it in glitter...
Robert Peel wrote: You can't polish a t urd. But you CAN roll it in glitter... No Wheels
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10:26am Fri 24 Dec 10

WFC & Proud says...

Ellington rejoins a thin squad? Never thought I'd see that ....
Ellington rejoins a thin squad? Never thought I'd see that .... WFC & Proud
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11:51am Fri 24 Dec 10

cliff46 says...

i strongly agree with fairwater.
If he is taking the money he should be made to work for it.
I know malky says he doesn't figure in his plans but while he is on the payroll we should make use of him in the best way we can.
It was always crazy to buy him and play a long ball game but he could prosper in the current set up for a few months and this time he should have lots of incentive to perform if he wants another club to offer him a decent contract.
i strongly agree with fairwater. If he is taking the money he should be made to work for it. I know malky says he doesn't figure in his plans but while he is on the payroll we should make use of him in the best way we can. It was always crazy to buy him and play a long ball game but he could prosper in the current set up for a few months and this time he should have lots of incentive to perform if he wants another club to offer him a decent contract. cliff46
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1:25pm Fri 24 Dec 10

wozza68 says...

No Wheels wrote:
Robert Peel wrote: You can't polish a t urd. But you CAN roll it in glitter...
would the end product be called ****?
[quote][p][bold]No Wheels[/bold] wrote: Robert Peel wrote: You can't polish a t urd. But you CAN roll it in glitter...[/p][/quote]would the end product be called ****? wozza68
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1:28pm Fri 24 Dec 10

wozza68 says...

wozza68 wrote:
No Wheels wrote: Robert Peel wrote: You can't polish a t urd. But you CAN roll it in glitter...
would the end product be called ****?
shi t ter
[quote][p][bold]wozza68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]No Wheels[/bold] wrote: Robert Peel wrote: You can't polish a t urd. But you CAN roll it in glitter...[/p][/quote]would the end product be called ****?[/p][/quote]shi t ter wozza68
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