Jackett expects "unique" Watford loophole to be closed

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© Jon Hobley

KENNY Jackett expects a loophole that has allowed Watford to make 12 loan signings from their foreign sister clubs this season to be closed.

The Hornets were last summer taken over by the Pozzo family, who own Udinese and Granada, and subsequently raided their squads for players in need of competitive experience.

20-year-old forward Matej Vydra, for instance, had made only two appearances for Udinese prior to his move to Vicarage Road, but has set the division alight this season, scoring 20 goals.

Watford, for whom Jackett made 337 appearances as a player, are sitting third in the Championship table ahead of their trip to The Den on Tuesday night.

"They will close the loophole but I also feel that, if Watford are promoted, there will be a lot of upset managers," Jackett told NewsAtDen.

Clubs can name a maximum of five domestic loanees in a matchday squad, but international deals are unlimited as they are viewed like permanent transfers by the Football League.

Jackett added: "If that loan system were open to us, whereby we were able to have more loanees in our squad, that would be very interesting. But it is a unique situation.

"I do not think that if you had a complete team of loanees from this country that you would get the right team spirit – you still need players like Alan Dunne around.

"Loanees can kick you on but you need to strike a balance in the domestic system. Watford's use of the overseas loan market is unique because the players are owned by the same people.

"Because the owners have three clubs, albeit from different countries, these loanees are playing for the same bosses, whereas in the domestic system they wouldn't be.

"If our chairman, John Berylson, had other clubs and moved players around between them, they'd still be playing for him, so I don't think these circumstances apply to many other clubs.

"Watford's owners have a fantastic scouting network that goes right around the world which will be the envy of many big Premier League clubs."

Jackett admits the arrangement is ideal for the Hornets as they get players who are both gifted and determined to make a name for themselves in England.

"Coming into the Championship, the big attraction for them is they can individually and collectively make an impression," he said.

"They can try to get into the Premier League, which is regarded as the best league in the world."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

12 thoughts on “Jackett expects "unique" Watford loophole to be closed

  • April 16, 2013 at 09:44
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    Clearly football isn't played on a level pitch in the UK as demonstrated by Watford but why has this subject being touched on now and not at the start of season?

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    • April 16, 2013 at 09:46
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      Now that they are third, I guess? And because we are playing them tonight!

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      • April 16, 2013 at 09:49
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        Alex, do you know how I can contact AA and JB to express my opinions directly?

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  • April 16, 2013 at 09:51
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    I meant why hasn't this been spoken of generally in the sporting press with questions asked of the FA and EUFA at the start of the season, Alex? Also, do the same rules apply fro loanee players in Italy & Spain and have either Udinese and/or Granada taken any Watford players on loan?

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    • April 16, 2013 at 10:01
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      Oh right. In fairness, it has been covered quite a bit - Google "Watford loan loophole" and you should find plenty of articles.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 10:04
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    Ah, thanks, Alex, can't say I look to hard for Watford articles - lol.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 10:05
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    Ah, thanks, Alex, can't say I look too hard for Watford articles - lol

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  • April 16, 2013 at 11:02
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    Bolland I've noticed it mentioned a few times this season on the football league show before and after Xmas but unfortunately it's too late by then and without a doubt they knew what they were doing and so did their manager. they don't need to ask as they all get briefed before the season starts on any rule changes and if they had a doubt which they obviously did then they'd keep it in hse and get a secretary to look in to the rule book and probably a lawyer. Good if you can get it. It just means now everyone else is fcuked for next season. Never mind we'll just have to look at more rob hulse's, I'm sure we can and will end up with another next season. Cheers Watford. ; (

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  • April 16, 2013 at 11:21
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    Cheers, Luke, it's all very interesting but doesn't help us at all unless we can loan some of JB's US players - lol. I'm not a fan of the loan system and we used to cope well enough without it in the good old days. I think it sends the wrong message to the fringe & reserves players when they see an 18 year old kid from A*** or Spurs coming in & walking straight into the 1st team. If we can't produce good enough players from our academy, or whatever it;s called now, then maybe it should be scrapped and the money used to buy players. Any thoughts on that?

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  • April 16, 2013 at 14:48
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    Not been mentioned much because there is nothing we can do about it, I know Holloway made a big fuss about it. We are not going to get a sniff of this big money floating around we'll be the Wigan of the championship holding on at the end of every season untill the inevitable happens...... that's what we do

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  • April 16, 2013 at 19:33
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    That's a bit more like it Jackett.
    A bit of s*** stirring.

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  • April 16, 2013 at 20:05
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    Should worry about our squad instead of Watfords,there's a loophole at Watford that allows them to sign players from Italy,we have a loophole that allows us to sign average lower league benchwarmers.....

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