Deer on the hunt for Turkish delight to end 2014 in style

Andy Deer insists he will stop at nothing in his bid to end a year to remember on a high at this weekend’s Turkish Open.

Ahead of taking to the competition in Antalya, Deer has already enjoyed plenty of celebrations in 2014, having won -74kg bronze at May’s European Championships before going on to claim the Commonwealth title in Edinburgh.

The 27-year-old also delivered podium finishes in Egypt and United Arab Emirates and admits he is hoping for more of the same to bring the curtain down on 2014 in style.

"I would liked to have changed the colour of some of the medals I have won," he said. "But my performances have been good and I am happy.

"I am already looking forward to next year's World Championships. Winning the Commonwealth title was great, but it was also good because the things I had practiced in training came off. So, it was win-win.

"I am going into this weekend with the same mindset and the same plan. It's a new G1 (ranking) tournament so we are all excited about going out there.

"There will be abundance of -74kg players over there so it will be good for me to go and test the waters against them.

"After winning the Commonwealth title I'm looking to get a further ten ranking points and finish on a high. I have had a good year. I am happy where my performances are going. I just need to keep pushing."

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