Murray backs Watford to bounce straight back

09 September 2020 01:03:51 GMTPlus11

Watford forward Glenn Murray says his team are in for a tough campaign in the Championship, but has backed them to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

The Hornets added some vital experience to their forward line this month when they signed Murray on a season-long loan deal from Brighton.

Watford coach Vladimir Ivic faces the task of rebuilding the club's squad, becoming their fourth boss in just over 12 months.

Murray, who scored 23 goals in 45 games during the 2016/17 Championship campaign, believes some of the squad are in for a shock due to the relentless fixture list in the second tier.

Despite the demanding nature of the league, Murray has backed his new team-mates to come through the challenge.

He told the Watford Observer: "To be honest [it was] not a tough decision at all. My time has been brilliant at Brighton, I couldn't have wished for any more, it's gone perfectly, but I think now's the right time for a new challenge and this seems a good challenge to me and I'm just here to help the squad and help the team get back to where they belong.

"The Championship is a relentless league, but I think the squad that we've got is very capable of bouncing right back and that's the aim."

Murray will be hoping he is named in Watford's starting XI for Friday's Championship opener against Middlesbrough.

Watford are 2.00 to beat Boro, who are 3.90, with the draw 3.40.

The Hornets are 6.50 to win the Championship.

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