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Gone but not forgotten:
Daniel Grieves
Position: Midfielder
From: Youth team
Record: Played: 1 Scored: 0
To: Queens Park Rangers - free transfer - June 1999
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: Not so near

Some people may see Grievesy and Grant Cornock being released as just co-incidence. However it is slightly ironic that the two cousins who grew up together watching Watford from the terraces were released by Watford at the end of their most successful season in a decade, a season that if they had not been playing for Watford, they would have surely enjoyed more.

While Watford celebrated, the guy who dreamt of leading them out at Wembley sat in the stands contemplating his future.

I like Danny, a nice popular guy. Down to earth and I'd go so far as to say that he, like Richard Flash before him, was not really given a fair crack of the whip. When the possible chances arose, he was overlooked. Played in peculiar positions in the reserves over the season while the club tried out various foreign or English trialists in his position of centre midfield, quite naturally his head started to drop.

His one appearance for the first team came in the AWS Joke side against Fulham, featuring amongst others Mark Rooney and Peo Ljung. Not really a debut to remember... hardly a debut at all.

At the end, for those who watched it was a shame that such a talent for the set piece and the long searching ball had been lost. He may never have made it, but sometimes it is better to have been honest and not offered the chance in the first place. At least then he could have enjoyed last season!

Pete Fincham