English Premier League returnees Watford have announced the signing of Ashley Fletcher on a five-year deal.
The former Manchester United and West Ham striker will join Watford as a free agent on 1st July, when his current contract expires.
Fletcher leaves Boro after four years at the club, having joined from West Ham in 2017. During his spell with the club he managed to score 28 goals in 108 appearances.
Taking to his social media, Fletcher thanked Middlesbrough fans, staff, and club management for their unwavering support in the past four years.
“For everyone at Middlesbrough Football Club, I want to thank you for the first past four years. The management and staff have helped me to improve along the way, the players that became friends as well as teammates and you the fans who have shown me a lot of love and support. All the best in the upcoming season and I look forward to seeing Riverside Stadium full of fans,” Fletcher said in a statement.
Fletcher, who spent six years as part of Manchester United’s academy as a teenager, also enjoyed a prolific early spell on loan at Barnsley, winning the Football League Trophy and League One play-off final in 2016, and scoring in both games at Wembley Stadium.
He then moved to West Ham United in the Premier League before transferring to Teesside a year later, briefly spending time on loan at Sunderland in early 2018.
Fletcher enjoyed his most prolific season in 2019/20, scoring 11 goals and creating seven assists in the Championship, before injury restricted the striker’s appearances last season.
Internationally, Fletcher has also been capped three times by England Under-20s, scoring two goals.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Rob Elliot has extended his stay at Vicarage Road, signing a two-year deal with the club.
The former Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United man signed an initial short-term deal in January to provide cover for Daniel Bachmann and Ben Foster.