Watford fans have reacted on Twitter to an interview in which new signing Craig Dawson reveals that he was once a keen cricketer.
The central defender said that he had trials for Lancashire when he was a youngster, and played for Rochdale Cricket club every Saturday and Sunday.
He told the club website: “I had trials with Lancashire and I played Saturdays and Sundays during the summer with Rochdale Cricket Club. I was a batsman but I tried a bit of everything. I was a wicketkeeper too but bowling was probably my weakest area.
“I just loved playing summer sport and cricket was always a lot of fun. It was a nice thing to do when the football season was finished and I did okay, but if I’m honest football was always my number one.”
Craig Dawson, 29, made his professional debut as a Rochdale player, before moving to West Brom in 2009/10.
According to Transfermarkt, Watford paid a sum of around £5.4m for the central defender during the summer transfer window.
So far this season, it hasn’t been the greatest start for Watford nor Craig Dawson. They have both played four games and they only have the one point from them and are sitting bottom of the league.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Watford fans that responded on Twitter weren’t the most receptive to Craig Dawson’s quotes, with many lambasting his defending ability and saying that he should’ve stuck to cricket. Alternatively, there were a few people backing up Dawson, saying that the other replies were grimly predictable.
Here are some of the responses below…
He defends at the same speed as cricket.
— Owen (@OwenBowe) September 5, 2019
He should of stuck to cricket!
— Lord Moretti (@lordmoretti) September 5, 2019
Can he try a bit of defending?
— Nick (@ngwfc1881) September 5, 2019
Perhaps he should’ve chosen cricket when he was young
— Jamie (@jampottttt) September 5, 2019
Cue predictable responses in 3..2..1
— Sean (@WFCSean) September 5, 2019
can he get better?
— lewis (@femxnia) September 5, 2019
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Well i can guarantee what the comments are going to look like re this article #WatfordFC
— Mark Levy (@marklevy9) September 5, 2019