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Watford to retain services of rebel MC King

Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd plans to use injured striker Marlon King as the club's lucky mascot over the remainder of the season.

King, who is unlikely to play again this term due to a knee injury, appeared on the pitch with a microphone to gee up the home fans before Wednesday's match with Wigan.

Boothroyd revealed the stunt had been King's idea - and admitted he could use the tactic again as Watford try to cut the seven-point gap which separates them from Premiership safety.

'Marlon thought of it,' Boothroyd said. 'I asked him to speak to the other players before the game, and he told me about his idea.

'It didn't quite turn out as he wanted, because he wanted all the players to be on the pitch at the time.

'But we are bound by the Premier League rules, so it didn't quite happen as he had imagined.

'Marlon wanted to do it. He is still an integral part of what we are trying to do.

'He wanted to contribute. When you are on the sidelines or spending your whole life in the gym, you want to make sure you can do something.

'He got the fans going, because he is that type of person.

'Would I do it again? I will have to have a look at it because I don't want to pay him extra to be a stadium announcer!

'But what separates us from other teams is that we are willing to try things, and that is the case here.

'If it gives us an inch along the way, that is what we will do.'