​​Watford defender Adrian Mariappa is quite the pal to have when you're in trouble, as Troy Deeney found out when he went to prison.


In 2012, the Hornets forward was handed a jail sentence of 10 months for kicking a man in the head during a fight, but was fortunate to only serve less than three due to being remorseful.


And while he was locked up, it took a loan from his pal to ensure that his family were okay during his absence.

Mariappa had an extensive chat with Watford's ​official website recently, revealing that he lent Deeney the sum of £10,000 to see to it that his friend's family weren't left out in the cold.


"Yeah, we are close,” Mariappa explained. “I've known Troy for a long time now and even when I left [to go to ​Reading and then Crystal Palace] we kept in touch. Troy is Troy. Anyone who knows him knows it’s such non-stop banter.


“He was going through a tough time. I used to write to him and spoke to him a few times. He asked me to do something and I did it as I’m sure he would have done the same for me. It’s what you do for someone you care about."

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Mariappa rejoined the Hornets last year, having spent time away from Vicarage Road after getting sold to Reading and then ​Crystal Palace. And now that he's back, he has been feeling a renewed sense of importance, having made 14 appearances so far this season


"I think I’ve been in good form this season," he says. "The manager demands high standards in training every day and the squad improves as a result. When you are training against our forward line then you are very prepared for who you come up against. 


"I just love defending. I love tacking, blocking and heading the ball, I’m a bit old-school. I like spoiling attacks and not letting a striker getting their way. I take real pride in that and really enjoy it."

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