Watford players agree to


Watford players agree to "common sense" wage deferrals

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Watford's players have agreed to collective wage deferrals. 

Hornets captain Troy Deeney says the details of the agreement are "private", but The Telegraph claim that he and his teammates will defer 30 percent of their pay until football resumes.

The Premier League side last played on March 7, and are unlikely to return to action until the summer at the earliest.

The 30 percent deferral is the maximum that could have been agreed to following directives from the Premier League in early April.

Arsenal's players - in the main - have agreed to 12.5 percent cuts, while it's expected Chelsea players will approve cuts of 10 per cent.

Deeney says the agreement has been made "in the best interests of the club", adding, "It's been sensible conversations going on for a few weeks now; between players and then me as that bridge as captain with Scott.

"Nobody, wherever they work, is keen on the idea of a pay cut, so there's a bit of common sense and a good level of understanding has prevailed to get to a pay deferral over the short term."

The deferrals were agreed upon following discussions with Deeney and a number of senior members of the Watford squad.

Chairman Scott Duxbury said, "We are grateful to the players for recognising the importance of the situation and for their support of this fantastic club.

"It is a show of unity which we know our supporters and the wider Watford community will appreciate, and shows an awareness of the need for everybody to pull together in these incredibly challenging times.

"We can be proud of the players for taking this step. They recognised they have a role to play and didn't hesitate in taking a decision for the overall good of the club."

Watford sit 17th in the Premier League table, and are currently out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone.

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