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Deeney admits he’s learned to cage inner beast after anger issues which led to prison stint

Date Posted,March 26, 2017

Watford hit man Troy Deeney admits he had an angry streak – but now knows how to cage his beast off the field.

Hornets skipper Deeney was sent to prison in 2012 after kicking a man in the head during Birmingham street brawl as he struggled to keep control of his anger.

But after serving three months and visiting a psychologist, Deeney has found a way to manage his “animal” side off the pitch while still allowing the aggressive side into his game.

Deeney has been a reformed character since his prison stint (Photo: Reuters)
Troy Deeney
Deeney is now a lead on and off the field (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

The talented forward is now a reformed character following his time inside Winson Green and Thorn Cross prison and has got his life back on track as the leading marksman for the Hornets in the Premier League.

The 28 year old has netted nine times this season, including his 100th Watford goal, and hasn’t seen red since May 2013 – as he has become a role model on and off the field.

“That angry person is still there and it’s difficult for me to bring him out but I have to bring him out to be who I am on a football pitch,” Deeney told the Mail on Sunday .

“Then I have to contain him as soon as I get back to real life and bury him back inside me. It’s the aggressive man in me, the man who just wants to win, win in any aspect of life. That’s what makes me good at football but it also makes me an animal. If you prod me, normally there’s a reaction.

Deeney celebrates against Arsenal (Photo: Getty Images)
Deeney spent three months inside a cage (Photo: Shaun Botterill)
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