Date: 31st August 2006 at 7:26am
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Premiership Watford have signed former forward Tommy Smith on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The former Academy star played for the Hornets between 1998 and 2003 and during his first-spell at Vicarage Road he helped the Hornets to the semi-final of the FA Cup, only to be dropped for the big match against Southampton. The forward, who scored 36 times for Watford, joined Sunderland on a free transfer that summer.

The Hemel Hempstead-born attacker has spent the past two seasons at Pride Park where he was voted Derby`s Player of the Season last campaign. The 26-year-old, who scored 21 goals in 99 appearances for the East Midlands outfit, joins Watford for a second time for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be in the region of £500,000.

“It feels great to be back,” Smith told the club`s official site. “Plenty has changed behind the scenes since I left but I’m excited to be a Watford player again. I`ve always kept an eye on their results while I was away and I’ve heard so much good stuff about the manager that I can’t wait for training to start tomorrow!”

Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd added: “Tommy fits our culture – an attacking player who is athletic and quick and with a point to prove. He is a terrific signing for us.”

Smith started his career as a striker but has spent the majority of his time at Derby on the wing, and it is in that position where Aidy Boothroyd is likely to deploy him.