Cummins agrees Motherwell deal

Jonathan Hogg is delighted with the faith shown in him by

Watford boss Gianfranco Zola.

Hogg is one of only a handful of players to survive from last

season under the Italian’s revolution at Vicarage Road, coming

after his summer appointment following June’s takeover by the Pozzo


Not only that, but Hogg can in fact claim to be the Hornets’

most used outfield player this term, racking up an unrivalled 19

starts in all competitions.

And the battling lynchpin is happy to have been noted for his

worth by Zola.

“I’m glad he has put his faith in me,” Hogg told Press

Association Sport.

“I’m one of those players who does a job for the team. Most fans

won’t pick up on what I do, but I go out there and run my socks off

and do a job for the team.

“Hopefully the more success the team gets then the more

noticeable recognition all of us get because we all deserve some

credit for the performances we’ve been putting in.

“We’ve got a lot of different players in the team this year, a

lot of different qualities compared to what we had last year. The

gaffer’s put a lot of faith in me, playing me every time I’ve been

fit. I’m really happy with that.”

And Hogg has revealed Zola could still do a job for Watford in

attack, despite the former Chelsea and Italy international being 46

years of age.

“He joins in training now and again and I don’t think he’s lost

any of it, to be fair, he’s fantastic sometimes in training. He

puts some of us to shame with some of things he does,” Hogg


“It’s an absolute joy to work with him.”

Saunders bagged his first of the season at Plainmoor to level

matters against Torquay but it was not enough for his side to come

away with any reward as Abu Ogogo’s own goal handed the hosts a 2-1


Saunders admits his goal provided little joy in the overall

light of defeat and now wants to add to his tally while, at the

same time, helping the Daggers come away with something to show for

their efforts.

“I feel in previous games I’ve come close to scoring with a few

strikes and it was a relief to be honest to get on the scoresheet,”

he told Daggers Player. “Hopefully now I’ve got one I’ll start to

get a few more.

“When you score and don’t get anything out of the game it kind

of gets forgotten but if it’s a goal that gets you a point or a

goal which wins a game or helps win a game, you get more

recognition for it.”

Cummins has established himself as a key member of Stuart

McCall’s side this season, making 16 appearances for the


The 19-year-old joined Motherwell last January after leaving

Everton and he has helped fill the void left by the departures of

Tim Clancy and Stephen Craigan in the summer.

Cummins’ performances have not gone unnoticed with a number of

clubs in England keeping tabs on his progress in Lanarkshire.

Motherwell have moved to reward Cummins for his fine form with a

new deal to keep him at the club until 2015, according to Sky


Cummins was delighted to pledge his future to Motherwell.

“I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Motherwell as I

have really enjoyed my time here since coming up from England,”

Cummins told

“Things have gone great for me and I am just focused on doing my

best for the club for the rest of the season.”