Hereford United have released the following statement on the official website regarding the transfer of Watford-bound Lionel Ainsworth:
Minutes before the close of the emergency (short term) loan period a deal was concluded with Watford for Lionel Ainsworth to join them initially on loan, with an agreed deal for the player to sign a permanent contract in January.
In return Hereford United received a transfer fee, plus Toumani Diagouraga and Theo Robinson extending their loans to us until the end of the season. Hereford United had no desire to sell Lionel and under normal circumstances would have refused Watford's request, however, it was felt that securing the services of Theo and Toumani until the end of the season was vital to us, in our quest to gain promotion.
It also enhances Hereford United's reputation of giving young players an opportunity to develop at our Club, important when attempting to sign players either on loan or permanently.
We would like to thank Lionel for his efforts during the short time he was with us and wish him every success at Watford where he will join up with another of the successful youngsters who developed as players with us, Gavin Mahon.
We would also like to thank Theo and Toumani who have played an important part in the team so far this season for agreeing to stay with us.
Meanwhile, we would like to confirm the signing of Liverpool youngster Ryan Flynn initially on a one month emergency loan. Ryan 18, is a midfield player, but unfortunately he will not figure in the game against Accrington Stanley because of a slight injury.