Nathan looking for 'Ell of a turnaround
After spending last season on-loan at Derby County, Hornets striker Nathan Ellington was warned even before his return to the Vic' he was not part of the Hornets plans. However the man with the short-sight left [Brendan Rodgers in case you'd forgotten] and the Duke finds himself amongst the first-team action.
Speaking to Watford Observer this week, the former Bristol Rovers, Wigan and West Brom forward spoke frankly about the last two seasons of his career:
"It definitely upset me," Ellington revealed. "He [Rodgers] hadn`t even met me and was already talking like I was dismissed. I didn`t understand why he would say that before he had even seen me train. That was very disappointing."
Ellington then turned on the regime of Bredan who's predecessor, Aidy Boothroyd, now head honcho at Colchester:
"To be honest there were a few people at the place [Watford] who weren`t the best people to have around the dressing room and they have left now.
"The manager wanted to play a style which didn`t suit the players at all and that is why we had the bad run.
"He brought in players that don`t play that way. I could have dealt with it a bit better but it was hard."
Which though we all knew after watching Jobi McAnuff drift in and out of games for two years, it's nice to hear a dressing room incumbent confirm it.
The Duke is unsurprisingly aware of position he's in with regards to his wages too:
"It is no secret that the club needs to get me off the wage bill so whatever happens, happens. But while I am here, I am happy to play and see what happens in the transfer window.
"If there is a chance for me to move and it is good for the club and everybody else then fine."
Ellington went on to pinpoint Braveheart himself, big Malky Mackay as all the reasons for his turnaround at WD18. Indeed the forward who managed just 3 league goals in 13 starts at Derby last season has even entered the field to chants of 'Duke', [not 'boooooo'] in recent weeks.
In the mean time, all Hornet's fans will be praying the one-time sharp shooter will continue his decent vein of form from the bench after twice being denied at home to Cardiff yesterday by David Marshall.
Just for the record, Ellington's last goal in a Watford shirt came against Coventry City in April 2008.