Former Chelsea defender joins the Tudors after Maidstone exit

Hemel Hempstead Town FC club crest
Hemel Hempstead Town FC club crest

Hemel Town FC have completed the signing of former Chelsea defenfer Steve Watt following his release from fellow National League South side Maidstone United.

The centre-half had been kept out of the Maidstone team this season by Manny Parry and Jamie Coyle, leading to his departure from the club a couple of weeks ago.

Watt joined the Stones from Dover Athletic in March 2013, following a month on loan, and made 89 appearances. He was made club captain at the start of the 2013/14 season and lifted the Robert Dyas League Cup in 2014 and the Ryman Premier Division trophy in 2015.

The 30-year-old has notably played Premier League football for Chelsea and has also played for Barnsley, Swansea City, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Ross County and Grimsby Town before making the move to Dover Athletic.

Watt began his career with Chelsea, making his debut against Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup in January 2005. He played the full 90 minutes and earned praise from Jose Mourinho for his performance.

In May 2005 Watt made his Premier League debut, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Jiri Jarosik in the away fixture with Newcastle United. The game ended 1–1, with Watt playing alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Ricardo Carvalho, Claude Makélélé and Joe Cole.

Hemel are in action tonight in a Herts Senior Cup second round tie against Bishops Stortford at Vauxhall Road, 7.45pm kick-off.