Date: 8th September 2008 at 9:58am
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Watford wing legend John Barnes has revealed the Hornets almost missed out on his signature all those years ago?

The Jamaican born flyer, who along with Luther Blissett, set Vicarage Road alive at the tender age of 17, told Soccer AM it was only a last gasp, last minute offer from Graham Taylor that kept him in England and spared him from entering the ‘soccer scene` over the pond in the US.

Speaking on a pre-recorded segment titled ‘Why I love Football` Digger said “I fully expected to go back to Jamaica?I didn`t expect to be in England – I got offered a football scholarship to Washington University which I would have done.”

He added “It wasn`t until 6 months before I was due to go back [to Jamaica] that Watford – my first club – saw me playing in the park and offered me the chance to stay and play?”

And play he did. Barnes wracked up almost 300 appearances for the Golden Boys scoring 83 goals in the process after joining up with the Hornets in June 1981 from amateur outfit Sudbury Court.