Watkins, who scored 16 goals in 52 games for Exeter in League Two last season according to BBC Sport, has explained why he decided not to move to Leeds, Villa or Forest, and switched to Brentford instead.
“The manager has shown an interest in me for a long time,” Watkins told GetWestLondon. “It’s nice to feel wanted.
“I’ve always known the club has been interested in me. It feels like it's been a very long time and I'm delighted to get it over the line and I can't wait to see what we can achieve this year.
“It says it all when they made an approach and kept an interest in me for a year, year and half so that says it all for me.”
It seems that Brentford’s long-term interest in Watkins was the main reason why he left Exeter for the Bees in the summer transfer window.
Leeds, Villa and Forest all could have done with the forward in their respective teams, but they probably did not want him for as long as the Bees did.
The 21-year-old’s comments suggest that Leeds, Villa or Forest never did stand a chance of securing his services, and perhaps they should not be too disappointed.