Arsenal’s head groundsman, Reece Watson, has announced his intention to depart the club after more than a decade.
In a statement via his Instagram account, he said:
After 13 years at the club, I have decided to move on to the next chapter. I will leave my position in February to start a new and innovative company which will approach things differently and I’m confident will have a great impact on our industry.
I would like to thank Arsenal FC for the amazing opportunities they have provided me, for which I will be forever grateful. I leave behind a fantastic team and indeed some of my closest friends, all of whom have had such a positive influence on my life.
The playing surface at the Emirates is considered one of the best in Europe, and Watson follows former colleague Paul Burgess who left London to become head groundsman at Real Madrid some years ago.
Hopefully he’ll have success in his new venture, and no doubt the many friends he’s made at Arsenal down the years will ensure he never feels alawn. Leaving a job you’ve been at many years is often a turf decision to make, but he must have thought ‘Sod it, I always seed I was going to give this thing a try’, so best of luck to him.
They say life’s a pitch and then you rye, but we’re sure he’s got a well manicured future ahead of him.