Troy Matthew Deeney (born 29 June 1988) is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains Premier League club Watford. He plays primarily as a striker . Deeney started his professional career at Walsall. He transferred to Football League Championship side Watford in 2010 and captained the side to promotion to the Premier League in the 2014–15 season.
Deeney was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and grew up in Chelmsley Wood. He was one of three children born to his parents, who split up when he was 11. He was expelled from school when he was 14, before returning at the age of 15. He left at 16 without any GCSEs and began training as a bricklayer, earning £120 a week.
On 25 June 2012, Deeney was sentenced to ten months' imprisonment for kicking a man in the head during a brawl. He was released after serving almost three months of the sentence, after showing his remorse, and since he was a first time offender. Since his release from prison in 2012, he has earned GCSEs in English, science and maths.
Deeney is married and has a son, Myles, and a daughter, Amelia. His brother, Ellis, is a semi-professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder. Ellis started his career at Aston Villa, where he was captain of their academy side before being released. Having played for Kettering Town, Hinckley United and Worcester City he now plays for Tamworth. He is a personal trainer, and Deeney helped fund his training in the profession.
Deeney was invited by the Aston Villa academy to take part a four-day summer trial at the age of 15 with a view to earning a youth contract, however he missed the first three days as he "knew there was a game on the last day" and was not offered terms by Villa. Having joined Chelmsley Town, he was scouted by Walsall head of youth Mick Halsall, who only attended the game Deeney was playing in because his son was also playing and due to the game he was scheduled to attend being postponed. Deeney was playing while drunk, but scored seven goals in an 11–4 win. He was offered a trial by the then League Two club, but only attended after his Chelmsley manager got him out of bed and paid for his taxi. After signing for Walsall on 18 December 2006, Deeney was instantly sent out to Halesowen Town on loan for the rest of the 2006–07 season.
He scored his first professional competitive goal for Walsall against Millwall in a 2–1 win in September 2007. This turned out to be his only goal of the 2007–08 season, and the 2008–09 season started similarly for him, only managing two goals in the first half of the season. However, the introduction of Chris Hutchings as manager coincided with Deeney finding a goalscoring touch. Helped by the fact his new manager started playing him in his favoured striking position, instead of on the right-wing as previous manager Jimmy Mullen had, Deeney scored nine goals in Hutchings' first 12 games in charge. On 9 September 2009, it was announced that Deeney had signed a new two-year deal until 2011. In 2009–10 Deeney scored 14 goals to finish as Walsall's top scorer and awarded the club's Player of the Year award.
In October 2015, Deeney revealed that he had twice rejected invitations to play for Jamaica internationally and that he harboured an ambition of playing for England. Deeney is also eligible to play for Northern Ireland.
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