Ikechi follows in Ighalo’s footsteps at Watford

Free, Ikechi Anya, Watford FCA

Free, Ikechi Anya, Watford FCA

Watford have handed versatile full-back Ikechi Anya a long term contract extension at Vicarage Road.

The Watford wide-man becomes the latest player to be rewarded with a long term deal following the footsteps of Nigerian international Odion Ighalo who most committed his future to Watford in a deal that will  keep him at Vicarage Road until 2020.

Originally signed on loan from Granada in the summer of 2012, Anya completed a permanent transfer to Watford a year later following a successful first campaign back in England.

The club in a statement on its website confirmed the new deal signed by the 27-year old defender.

“WATFORD FC are delighted to announce that Ikechi Anya has signed a new long-term deal with the Hornets.

“The 27-year-old who has made 110 appearances for the Golden Boys and scored nine goals has agreed a new five-year contract at Vicarage Road.” The club statement read.

Equally comfortable operating on the wing or at full-back where he has featured in recent Premier League fixtures for Watford – the Glasgow-born star who is of Nigerian descent earned his first Scotland call-up in September 2013.

He has since gone on to collect 17 international caps, most notably scoring against world champions Germany during a Euro 2016 qualifier in September 2014.