Watford to stand by Deeney
Watford have confirmed they will retain striker Troy Deeney after he was released from prison.
The 24-year-old was given a 10-month sentence following his conviction for affray in June but was released from prison earlier this week and, after the Hornets held talks with the player and his representatives, it was decided he would stay with the club.
Deeney, who recently issued an apology and has met with the club, will keep his registration at Vicarage Road. "[Watford] believes it can play a key role in facilitating Deeney's rehabilitation," a statement read. "[We] will be closely monitoring all aspects of the forward's activities connected with Watford FC."
Deeney pleaded guilty to affray for his role in an attack on a group of students in Birmingham in February and, despite the charge, the striker had been awarded a 12-month contract extension by the Hornets in March after scoring 12 goals last season.