Watford's talismanic captain Troy Deeney has told Sky Sports and several other players would have left the club if they failed to clinch promotion last season.
The Hornets last campaign in the Championship was an eventful one as Deeney started the season side-lined through injury. The towering centre forward also saw his side hire and fire three managers in the space of one season.
"We made headlines for getting a new manager every week!" Deeney told Sky Sports ahead of his side's defeat to Leicester on Saturday night.
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He continued: "We had a strong mentality and said to ourselves. This is going to be the year we go up. If we didn't, quite a few would of left, myself included."
Watford clinched a dramatic automatic promotion place a week before the final game of the season. Promotion rivals Norwich drew with Rotherham and Middlesbrough lost in the dying seconds to Fulham after trying to steal a result themselves.
With results going their way and an earlier victory to Brighton, which saw Deeney score the winning goal, and subsequently earning Watford promotion to the top flight.
Deeney was a crucial part of their promotion and the skipper scored an inspiring 21 goals and became the first Watford player to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons.
The 27-year-old expressed his delight at finally playing in the Premier League and has been happy to surprise a few with his team's performances.
"It's been brilliant so far. Everybody thought we were going to go down with another manager. We've been upsetting the odds and playing some good stuff."
Once again Deeney has been influential for the Hornets and enjoyed another steller campaign. Scoring nine goals in all competitons as well as eight assists.
However, perhaps even more important is that he has continued his impressive relationship with Odion Ighalo, the two are one of the deadliest striking duos in the Premier League.
Deeney told Sky Sports: " I am happy with my overall performances and I am looking to finish the season strongly and do better next year."
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