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Lewis McGugan has switched clubs and couldn't be happier.

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The 24-year-old ended his stay with Nottingham Forest in the summer to pen a three-year deal with last term's Championship play-off finalists Watford and has already got on the scoresheet, netting in the 6-1 home over Bournemouth.

McGugan, who will line up against his ex-Forest team-mates in Sunday's Sky Live encounter, told FL72-Preview that he is enjoying life at Vicarage Road - and working under Gianfranco Zola.

"Sometimes you have to come out of your comfort zone and this move will help me as a player and bring more out of me as a person off the pitch," said the attacking midfielder, who played in 202 league games for the City Ground outfit.

"It has been okay so far; the club's been fantastic and the fans have been brilliant.

"Hopefully I can start repaying them with performances on the pitch; I class myself as a goal-scoring midfielder so hopefully I can get plenty more throughout the season.

"One of the reasons I came [to Watford] was because of Zola; he did unbelievable things on the pitch when I used to watch him as a kid and I want to learn off someone who has been at the top level."

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McGugan expects to be contacted by his former Forest friends in the build-up to Sunday's kick-off but he says he is focussed on winning the clash for Watford - and helping the Hornets bounce back from their Wembley loss to Crystal Palace in May.

"I'm sure I'll be getting a few texts because I was close to a lot of people there and the club was a massive part of my life," McGugan said of Forest, who have won all three of their Championship games so far.

"But the game is the most important thing as Forest are going to be up and at us and expecting to give it everything they have got after their good start to the season.

"There was always going to be a slight hangover [after the play-off final defeat] and a look back at what might have happened, but as soon as we got back for pre-season we knew there was a chance to do it again [and go one better]."

Watford's fixture with Forest completes a Championship double header on Sky Sports this weekend, with promotion favourites QPR visiting Dougie Freedman's Bolton on Saturday lunchtime.

Quality

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has shipped out a host of players, including Chris Samba, Jose Bosingwa, Djibril Cisse and Park-Ji Sung, following relegation for the Premier League last term.

But Birmingham boss Lee Clark, who joined Simon Thomas in the Sky Studios café to preview the upcoming Football League games, thinks Redknapp has purchased shrewdly this summer as he hunts an immediate return to the top flight.

"Harry has made decisions very quickly and knew what he wanted to do with the squad, and he has brought five players in of the highest Championship quality, including Charlie Austin," said Clark.

"Goals win you games and Charlie is a great goal scorer who will be at the top end of that scoring chart, while Richard Dunne, Karl Henry, Gary O'Neil and Danny Simpson have played at higher levels and will only make QPR stronger.

"They will be the team everyone is looking to beat."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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