Why Did Watson Snub Boro?

Last updated : 19 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Ben Watson: "It was a tough decision but I think I made the right one. I was at Palace for 13 years and I think it was time for a change.

"I was up in Middlesbrough and my agent made me aware Wigan were interested and as soon as I knew that I wanted to speak to them.

"I spoke to Steve, who was gaffer at Palace when I was a young lad there, and he was straightforward with me.

"He spoke highly of the club but walking into the training ground there was a buzz about the place.

"Being seventh in the Premier League you are going to be on a high and the lads were buzzing and that was probably the main factor.

"Wigan are in a fantastic position to crack on and push up the table even more."