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Watford release statement following Troy Deeney's apology
12:07pm Friday 31st August 2012 in Sport
Watford have suggested Troy Deeney may have a future at the club when he is released from prison.
The striker issued an apology to the Hornets and its fans earlier this week for the "terrible mistake" that resulted in him being sent to prison for ten months in June after admitting a charge of affray following a violent brawl in his home town of Birmingham.
Watford have responded to Deeney's apology by issuing a statement of their own.
It reads: "Watford FC acknowledges the recent public apology issued by Troy Deeney.
"The club can confirm it is now in discussion with his advisors, with the intention to discuss Deeney’s future directly with the player himself upon his release.
"Given the remorse demonstrated by Deeney, both in court and through his public apology, Watford FC is hopeful of reaching a resolution that allows the club to support the player through his rehabilitation while he continues his playing career with the Hornets.
"No additional individual comment will be made by any club officials at this time.
"A further update will follow as appropriate."
In his statement issued to Sky Sports, Deeney said: "I made a terrible mistake and I'm now serving my sentence for this.
"I have apologised to the victim involved and I would also like to place on record my apology to the fans and players of Watford Football Club for letting them down with my indiscretion.
"If the club decide to retain my services then I will give my all this season to help them achieve the goals set by the new management team."
At a hearing in May, prosecutor Marni Chimber said the punch-up broke out between the students and the four defendants - which included Deeney and his brother Ellis - near a bus stop in Broad Street, in Birmingham, at around 2.20am on Wednesday, February 29.
The incident was captured on CCTV and Miss Chimber said Troy, of Keepers Gate, in Chelmsley Wood, was filmed punching one student then kicking him on the ground before punching another.
She said when police arrived and arrested Troy Deeney he put up a struggle, causing an officer to dislocate a neck bone.
The football player had originally been charged with assaulting a police officer but the charge was subsequently dropped.
Deeney enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career prior to his imprisonment; scoring nine goals in his final 17 games.
The striker joined the club in 2010 for an undisclosed fee which we believe involved an initial sum of around £250,000.
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