Watford's skipper Troy Deeney has declared that his 'buzz' for football is back after his disillusionment with the game reached its peak when online trolls sent him abusive messages about his young daughter last season.
Ahead of his ninth season with the Hornets the
Prior to Watford's league opener against Brighton at Vicarage Road, Deeney opened up about his life outside of football and how the two mixed together caused him to be stuck in a cycle of frustration.
“I’m excited - I’ve got the buzz back for football," Deeney said, via the Mirror.
“I got my own little team together over the summer: a nutritionist, a psychologist, working with Jamie Reynolds (one of world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s trainers), and I stuck to a plan.
#watfordfc Troy Deeney looks a lot leaner and more a agile than he was last season, feeling confident our skipper will net more goals this season.— birdmanuk (@birdmanuk68) August 6, 2018
"The hardest thing for me is not having a plan and being left to my own devices.
"I’m not the kind of person who likes to keep his mouth shut. But when you speak up and challenge things, and you end up getting in trouble, it makes you think, ‘Do I want to do this any more’?”
“This time last year, I had just had an operation, I missed pre-season and was busting my b******s to catch up, and I probably over-tried because I got sent off twice.