Dean Brill

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Dean Brill
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Personal information
Full name Dean Michael Brill[1]
Date of birth (1985-12-02) 2 December 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Luton, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Inverness CT
Number 12
Youth career
1995–2003 Luton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2009 Luton Town 81 (0)
2006–2007 Gillingham (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2011 Oldham Athletic 58 (0)
2011–2012 Barnet 36 (0)
2012–2013 Luton Town 7 (0)
2013 Inverness CT (loan) 12 (0)
2013– Inverness CT 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dean Michael Brill (born 2 December 1985) is an English professional footballer. He plays as a goalkeeper for Scottish Premiership side Inverness CT.


Luton Town[edit]

Brill joined Luton at the age of nine, progressing through the Centre of Excellence and representing Luton Schools and Bedfordshire County Schools at various age groups. His abilities alerted the attention of bigger clubs, including Liverpool,[2] but Luton fought off the competition to secure his signature.

Beginning the 2003–04 season as understudy to Rob Beckwith, Brill made his league debut as a substitute in a 3–0 loss at Oldham Athletic after Beckwith had been sent off. His full league debut came three weeks later in a 3–1 home win over Wycombe Wanderers and he retained his place for the following two matches, a 1–0 win at Stevenage Borough in the Football League Trophy and a 4–2 loss in the league at Brentford.[3]

With regular goalkeeper Marlon Beresford unavailable, Brill started the 2005–06 season as the number one goalkeeper, playing as Luton impressed former Premier League outfit Crystal Palace with a 2–1 victory at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season.[4]

Not rated by manager Mike Newell and goalkeeping coach Dmitri Kharine, Brill gave Beresford no competition to be the number one goalkeeper during the 2006–07 season. His first starting appearance of the campaign came in a 3–2 home loss to Queens Park Rangers, where he deputised for the suspended Beresford. However, following the loan signing of Portsmouth's Dean Kiely, Brill was pushed down to third-choice goalkeeper and in December 2006, he was loaned to League One side Gillingham, making 8 appearances during a month long stay. Having made 12 first team appearances for Luton, Brill was named Young Player of the Year at Luton's end of season awards.[5]

At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Brill appeared to be a player that new manager Kevin Blackwell was unsure of, reinforced when Blackwell signed two goalkeepers on loan, pushing Brill into the reserves. With Luton going into administration in November 2007, Blackwell was unable to sign a new goalkeeper on loan, so Brill went straight back into the first team. He went on to make 47 appearances in all competitions for Luton during the season, a campaign that culminated in the Hatters finishing at the bottom of League One.

In the 2008–09 campaign, with Luton facing an almost impossible task to overcome a 30-point deduction, Brill started the first four games of the season. However, after a costly mistake in a 1–0 defeat against Rotherham United, he was dropped for on-loan goalkeeper Conrad Logan. When Logan's loan finished in mid-January, Brill went on to play in 18 further games, including Luton's Football League Trophy victory over Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium. The points deduction proved too much to overcome, and Luton were relegated for the third successive season to the Football Conference.

Brill was released on 27 May 2009 after coming to the end of his contract with Luton.[6]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

On 1 July 2009, Brill signed a two-year contract with Oldham Athletic.[7] On 10 May 2011 Brill was released by Oldham Athletic when he was told by manager Paul Dickov that he would not be having his two-year contract renewed.[8]


After trials at Yeovil Town and Barnet, Brill signed for the Bees in time for the beginning of the 2011–12 season.[9] He kept a clean sheet on his debut away to Morecambe. Brill made a crucial save in the dying seconds of Barnet's final day 1–2 away win at Burton Albion which meant Barnet stayed in football league at the expense of Hereford F.C.[10] In May 2012, Brill was released by Barnet due to the expiry of his contract.[11]

Return to Luton Town[edit]

After spending three weeks on trial during pre-season with former club Luton Town, who were in the Conference Premier, Brill signed a two-year contract with them on 31 July 2012.[12] He played in eight games over the course of the 2012–13 season, though was transfer listed by the club in April 2013.[13]

Inverness CT[edit]

In July 2013 Brill signed on loan for Inverness CT until January 2014. [14] He made his debut on 3 August in a 3–0 win over St Mirren, keeping his first of three consecutive clean sheets for Inverness.[15]

After a successful spell on loan, Brill signed a permanent deal with Inverness in November 2013 after Luton agreed to release him from the remainder of his contract.[16]



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  2. ^ "Reds fail in keeper request". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Dean Brill stats 03-04". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  4. ^ "Match report: Crystal Palace 1–2 Luton". Luton Town F.C. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Player profile: Dean Brill". Luton Town F.C. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Hatters release quintet". Luton Town F.C. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Latics tie up Brill signing". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
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  10. ^ "Morecambe 0–1 Barnet". BBC News. 6 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "McLeod, Brill lead Bees exodus". Sky Sports. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Brill returns". Luton Town F.C. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "FA Cup goalscoring hero Rendell among transfer-listed Town quartet". Luton Today. Johnston Publishing Ltd. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Inverness take Luton Town goalkeeper Dean Brill on loan". BBC Sport (BBC). 2 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Inverness CT 3-0 St Mirren". BBC Sport (BBC). 3 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Caley Jags make Brill signing". Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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