Hornets fans were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday afternoon, as Sebastian Prödl announced the signing of his new Watford contract with a video message via the club’s Twitter account.
The new deal adds an extra 12 months to the five-year commitment the Austrian, currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, made back in 2015.
It was just the pick-me-up everyone needed after the Golden Boys’ positive Premier League start was brutally halted by a rampant Manchester City at the weekend, a game in which Prödl’s defensive nous was missed.
“It’s good timing for me,” Prödl told watfordfc.com.
“I’m established as a Premier League player, the club is established as a Premier League club and I think we can move forward from here.
“I’ve felt proud so far to play for the club, and to see how much we have improved. I think there’s still a big chance for us to improve, to get even better.”
Last season’s Player of the Year believes he is in the peak of his career having hit 30 over the summer.
“I still feel pretty good,” he smiled.
“I’m not a player from yesterday, I’m still a player for today. For me, it’s a big sign from the club that they trust me for another four years.
“From myself, I can just promise I will give everything to help improve the club for the next few years.”