SWINDON WILDCATS: Watt made 'right decision' to leave Cats

Nicky Watt plays his final two games for Wildcats this weekend

Nicky Watt plays his final two games for Wildcats this weekend

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SWINDON’S Nicky Watt plays his final two games in a Wildcats jersey this weekend and the forward insists he will bow out on good terms.

It was announced on Saturday that the combative Scot had requested to leave, citing undisclosed personal reasons, and the double-header against Bracknell will be the last time he is seen in the red and white.

Although Watt was reluctant to go into detail as to why he asked to depart the Link Centre, he revealed that his relationship with head coach Ryan Aldridge and his teammates remained healthy.

“It was a very difficult decision to make but I think it will prove to be the right one,” he said.

“There’s a lot of personal reasons and a few hockey reasons for it, but there’s no problem between me and Ryan or any of the boys.

“They are a great group and it’s just one of those things.

“When I have left I will still want the boys to win, I’ve got a lot of friends there and I will be speaking to them on a regular basis.

“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the organisation, to be honest.

“I don’t see any reason why a player wouldn’t want to go to Swindon, you get treated really well and the fans are great.”

Watt has already agreed a deal at a new club, the details of which will be revealed publicly next week, and the 26-year-old has tipped the Wildcats to continue their strong recent form without him.

“We underperformed a bit at the start of the season but of late we’ve been playing very well,” he said.

“We’ve earned results and found a way to win in 60 minutes rather than going to overtime.

“For me there’s absolutely no doubt they will make the play-offs and if they carry on going how they are, they will be sitting in midtable come the play-offs.”

Watt is hoping for a fairytale finish to his second spell at Swindon when the Wiltshire outfit take on the Bees this weekend, a club he represented in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons.

“I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we can pick up another four points and open up a bit of a gap on Bracknell in the table,” he said.

“Obviously I’d like to sign off with a couple of goals and a couple of wins for the team.”

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