Watford stars agree pay cuts and these are their new weekly salaries - in pictures

Troy Deeney and his teammates defer wages to help the club amid coronavirus

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Watford became the latest Premier League club to agree a wage deferral with players to help ride out the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

"It is a show of unity which we know our supporters and the wider Watford community will appreciate, and shows an awareness of the need for everybody to pull together in these incredibly challenging times," said Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury.

"We can be proud of the players for taking this step. They recognised they have a role to play and didn't hesitate in taking a decision for the overall good of the club."

Watford were 17th in the Premier League, outside the relegation zone only on goal difference when matches were indefinitely suspended due to the health crisis.

Should the season be able to restart, Watford risk the trap door of another severe economic hit with relegation.

"Nobody, wherever they work, is keen on the idea of a pay cut, so there's a bit of common sense and a good level of understanding has prevailed to get to a pay deferral over the short term," said captain Troy Deeney.

Although the club did not announce the figures, the cuts are 30 per cent, according to the Daily Telegraph, the biggest so far by a Premier League club.

What does it mean for the players? The Watford earnings are in the gallery above. To see the next weekly salary and how much it has been reduced, swipe the picture.