Sean Murray returned to Watford today after his loan spell at Wigan Athletic was ended prematurely.
The midfielder joined the League One club in August on an initial one-month deal but that was subsequently extended until January 16. Murray chose to join the Lactics because of his relationship with former Hornet Matt Jackson, who helped represent Murray on behalf of IMG and is now head of football operations at the DW Stadium.
However, Murray has not played in the league since the end of September and it did not help his cause that Wigan twice came from two goals down, to win away at Chesterfield and at home to Millwall, after Murray was substituted. He has only played once since, scoring in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Blackpool.
Murray has not been named in Watford’s 24-man Premier League squad and, being 22, does not count as one of the unlimited number of Under-21 players the club are permitted to name. Contracted to the club until the summer of 2017, Murray could play as one of three over-age outfield players for the U21s against Bristol City on Monday and is likely to be loaned out again in January and possibly sold in the summer, although his wages maybe a stumbling block for suitors in the Championship and League One.