Position: Midfield/support striker
From: QPR - stlg 200,000 - November 1995
Record: Played: 74(17) Scored: 21 (total)
To: Bristol Rovers - free transfer - May 1997
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: Porno
Not one of Glenn Roeder's more inspired purchases, Gary Penrice returned to Watford
at a time when the team was struggling at the foot of the First Division.
If you want my honest opinion, it was a complete waste of money - we were
(and still are) over-endowed with nippy little support strikers, we were (and
still are) in desperate need of a strong centre forward. The transfer fee may
not sound particularly huge but throw in a couple of seasons' worth of Premiership-level
wages and you've spent quite a lot of cash on someone with a bad moustache.
It's not that Penrice is a crap player or anything like that. He's quick, he's
sharp, he's got a brain that reads the game well. But, while acknowledging his
talents, I'd argue that he's really not effective at lower division level. Far from
imposing his undoubted class on games, he gets sucked into the maelstrom and
becomes yet another hustly-bustly player in a division of hustly-bustly players.
There were occasions when Penrice would run games, dictating the course of the match
from his new midfield role. Those occasions were simply too few.