Trialists Galore At The Vic

Last updated : 24 January 2007 By Gary Holmes

Argentine forward Gaston Sangoy and Brazilians, Vocfmir, Rinaldi and Sala are the latest in a long line of players to pitch up at Vicarage Road hoping to impress manager, Aidy Boothroyd.

It is no secret that Watford, marooned to the foot of the Premiership, need to improve the quality within their squad if they are to have any chance of avoiding relegation, and the Golden Boys manager and his scouts have been desperately searching far and wide in an attempt to find the right players at affordable prices.

However, this has proved extremely difficult as a clearly frustrated Boothroyd has revealed,

"We are up to 25 trialists now from all over the world, who have come on various recommendations. That's the January madness for you. We have had a good look and some more are expected this week but, at the moment, there has been nobody that I felt could improve the team.

I can't pronounce most of them. We have had Austrians, Czechs, Poles and Scandinavians, a couple of Africans and we have had South Americans as well.

I guess it is unusual to have so many but we are desperate to retain our status and it is a hell of a challenge at the moment to be able to do that. We need depth and we need more quality.

The scouting has been very thorough and we have been working hard since August to set these things up and get people to come in because I will never sign a player without actually seeing him."