Date: 20th December 2007 at 10:27am
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Disloyal Young Lion Harry Forrester possibly couldn`t see the wood for the trees when he jumped ship from the comforting arms of the Watford academy to Villa Park in the summer (maybe he was blinded by the pound signs flashing in front of his eyes!).

And yesterday a compensation tribunal ruled that Aston Villa could end up paying the Hornets as much as £1.2m for the England U17 attacker, who had been at Vicarage Road since the age of 10 and has yet to make a professional first team appearance for any club.

Watford initially rejected a 6-figure compensation package from Villa and their diligence could well pay off after being granted an upfront £250K for the youngster whilst additional clauses built in for full first team debut, first international cap and sell-on fee could push the figure past the million pound mark.

Aston Villa beat off Man Utd and Spurs (who already have £2m 15-year old Dean Parrett on their books) for Forrester`s signature and he will no doubt learn under the watchful eye of Martin O`Neill but there`s no doubt the lad would have benefited from some lower league experience to ground him for life in the top flight!!!

Here`s to spell on loan in League 2 in 3 years time then Harry. Reserve team games don’t count as ‘competitive’ you know.