Troy Deeney joins League Two Forest Green Rovers as Player-Coach

Troy Deeney joins League Two side Forest Green Rovers as player-coach, with the ex-Watford and Birmingham striker claiming he has a ‘great admiration for what the club stands for’

  • Troy Deeney has joined League Two club Forest Green Rovers as a Player-Coach
  • The ex-Watford striker was a free agent after leaving Birmingham this summer
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Troy Deeney has joined League Two club Forest Green Rovers as a Player-Coach.

Deeney, 35, spent 11 years as a Watford player up to 2021, scoring almost 50 top-flight goals for the Hornets, before signing a two-year contract with Championship side Birmingham City.

After becoming a free agent in the summer, the striker was able to choose his next step, and has chosen to drop two levels as a player, but work on his coaching journey after completing his UEFA A-Licence. 

Forest Green Rovers confirmed the news in a statement on Thursday, revealing that Deeney will support Head Coach David Horseman – who he knows from their time at Watford – as well as Assistant Head Coach Louis Carey.

Deeney expressed his admiration for club Chairman Dale Vince, and was in attendance at The New Lawn for Tuesday’s 2-1 league defeat to Swindon Town, with the visitors sealing the three points with a stoppage time winner.  

Troy Deeney has joined League Two strugglers Forest Green Rovers as a new Player-Coach

The striker played for Watford between 2010 and 2021, scoring 47 Premier League goals

Deeney said: ‘It’s really exciting to be here. I came to the game on Tuesday and got a real sense of what the club is all about. I’ve always kept an eye on Forest Green anyway and have great admiration for the Chairman and what the club stands for.

‘It’s about the next 10 years, not the next 10 months. This is the start of a new journey and I’m really excited.’

Vince added: ‘It’s amazing to welcome Troy here, both as a player and as a coach. He’ll be a fantastic addition to us here at FGR and we’re super excited to have him.’

Horseman, who was appointed ahead of the start of the new campaign, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to get a player of Troy’s calibre. We know he is a proven goalscorer, but also a creator for others.

Deeney will support Head Coach David Horseman, who he knows from their time at Watford

‘He is very much part of our coaching team and we will do everything we can to help him on his coaching journey.’

Deeney has played more than 600 professional games for Watford, Walsall and Birmingham. He has 47 Premier League for the Hornets, hitting double figures in the top-flight in three different seasons.  

He played 33 games for Birmingham last season, scoring seven goals. 

Forest Green Rovers finished bottom of League One last season, and have started their League Two campaign with just one win from their three matches so far.  

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