Watford striker Troy Deeney has revealed that he began a new fitness regime, determined to lose weight after his uncle told him he looked "fat".
The Hornets captain, who has amassed nine goals and five assists in the Premier League this season, was spurred into action by the comment - which was made at Deeney's mother's wedding last summer. It's reported by the Mirror that the 30-year-old has lost more than a stone in weight.
This new, lean physique has helped Deeney to reach the high performance levels he has shown this year, adding more dynamism and energy to his game.
Speaking to the club's match-day programme before Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal Palace, again as reported by the Mirror, Deeney said: "
"Dave runs his own metalworks business and is a straight talker, which I’ve always appreciated about him," the 30-year-old added.
Manager Javi Gracia has clearly been pleased with his captain's weight loss endeavours.
Discussing the decision itself, Deeney admitted it had been on his mind for a while as he looked to deliver another excellent season for the Vicarage Road faithful.