In a recent in-depth TV interview with the Chelsea FC official website, John Terry has spoken about his early days in west London and revealed that the 'initiation process' for young players involved doing a host of bizarre favours for the senior squad players.
Although much time has passed since those apparently gruelling days, with the stalwart skipper recently announcing he had penned a one-year contract extension with the Blues, Terry has shed some (unwelcome) light on his first steps at Stamford Bridge.
The veteran defender revealed to Chelsea TV: "I'd do anything for [the senior players]: make their tea, coffees, even silly things like sit on the toilet to make the seat warm for them in the cold winter days at the training ground.
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"Bizarre when you think about it, but that was part of growing up."
Well, we're not too sure about that last claim, but we'll give JT the benefit of the doubt there...
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The Englishman went on to give details about the specific wants and needs of senior squad members "back in the day".
"I used to clean [Dennis Wise's] boots. He wanted his boots perfect. I used to take really good care of them. I used to Vaseline them and stuff like that. They were about size 2 ½!
"Every now and then he gave me a little bonus, so every time he scored I was on £25, which was half my wages at the time!"
Indeed, Terry's relentless efforts to please his superiors and teammates seem to have born their fruits as the Englishman has established himself as arguably the Premier League's most reliable central defender in recent years.
In fact, his efforts and consistency at the back this season, as the Blues aim to secure their first Barclays Premier League title in five years, have ensured that Chelsea boss Mourinho keeps the faith with his veteran skipper at least for another year.
Despite his dubious youthful ways, as revealed above, one thing is certain. The reliable, "true-blue" defender has endeared himself to a whole generation of Blues fans and though he has still one year to run on his new extended contract, there will no doubt be a few tears shed when the Chelsea legend (eventually) hangs up his boots...
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