Ex-Mag signs surprise two-year deal to seal Premier League return at the age of 35 – The Athletic

Rob Elliot is back in the Premier League, with the former Newcastle United stopper being handed a surprise extension at newly promoted Watford.

The 35-year-old signed a six-month deal with the Hornets back in January and many expected him to be released ahead of their return to the top flight this summer.

However, The Athletic now report that he’s landed a two-year contract to keep him at the club until 2023 – which is some turn out for him considering he’s not played a single minute of football since he arrived at Vicarage Road.

Believe it or not, the former Charlton man hasn’t featured at Premier League level for three and a half years, with a start in our 1-0 defeat to Man City in December 2017 his last outing for the club after he fell way down in the pecking order behind the likes of Dubravka, Darlow and Woodman.

In reality, it’s unlikely we see much of him at Watford this coming season, but it perhaps says a lot about his character and experience in and around the group that he’s convinced his new side to hand him a two-year deal.

Good luck to him!

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