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Forest complete Watson signing

5 February 2018

Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Ben Watson on a two-and-a-half year deal.

The 32-year-old has represented the likes of Crystal Palace, Wigan Athletic and Watford during his career and has now put pen to paper on a deal at The City Ground.

A graduate of Palace's academy, Watson made his debut for The Eagles in April 2003 as a 17-year-old and went on to make almost 200 appearances during a six-year spell in the first team at Selhurst Park.

Watson secured a move to the Premier League in 2009 when he made the switch to Wigan Athletic and he is perhaps best known for scoring the winner in the 2013 FA Cup final as The Latics stunned Manchester City to lift the famous trophy.

After spending six years at the DW Stadium, Watson moved to Watford in January 2015 and helped The Hornets earn promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club.

A combative and experienced central midfielder, Watson made 11 appearances for the Vicarage Road side this season, including against Chelsea and Manchester City, but has now opted to join up with Aitor Karanka's squad on Trentside.

You can see Ben in action for the first time this weekend as Forest host Hull City at The City Ground (Saturday, kick-off 3pm). Book your tickets for the game here.

Half-seasonal player sponsorship also remains on sale with a number of Forest's January signings still available. For more information, please email

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