Dean Heffernan

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Dean Heffernan
Dean Heffernan Warming Up Close Up.jpg
Heffernan warming up for the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Dean James Heffernan
Date of birth (1980-05-19) 19 May 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Wollongong Wolves 20 (1)
2003–2004 Sydney United 18 (1)
2004–2005 Sutherland Sharks 12 (5)
2005–2010 Central Coast Mariners 65 (10)
2006–2007 1. FC Nuremberg (loan) 0 (0)
2010 Huddersfield Town 15 (0)
2010–2011 Melbourne Heart 13 (0)
2011 Liaoning Whowin 24 (0)
2011–2013 Perth Glory 34 (1)
2013–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 9 (0)
Total 210 (18)
National team
2009–2010 Australia 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:56, 11 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2013

Dean James Heffernan (born 19 May 1980 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)is a retired football (soccer) player who last played for Western Sydney Wanderers.

Club career[edit]

With the Central Coast Mariners he scored 8 goals from left back in 24 games and was subsequently named in FourFourTwo's A-League dream team. In March 2006 he and team mate Michael Beauchamp had a ten day trial with German Bundesliga club Nuremberg. On 1 July 2006 both players transferred to Nuremberg on season-long loans. Dean has struggled to get senior games only appearing on the bench for the first team, although he played 8 games in the Reserves scoring 5 goals.

Heffernan suffered a broken leg during the Mariners 4–5 loss to Sydney FC on 22 December 2007, due to a tackle by Ufuk Talay. As a result he was unable to play in the rest of the 2007–08 A-League season. Since returning from fracturing his tibia, he was selected twice for the Socceroos and was a stand out for his club the Mariners in their 2010 Asian Champions League campaign.

With the Central Coast Mariners in the 2009–10 he had another stand out season, where he was named in the PFA team of the year and Four Four Two team of the year. Also scoring his first international goal for Australia against Kuwait. On 26 November 2009 Heffernan joined new A-league side, Melbourne Heart on a multi-year deal.[1]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Prior to joining Melbourne Heart, Heffernan joined English side Huddersfield Town in Football League One to help prepare for a World Cup call up for the Socceroos. He completed the deal on 28 January 2010 after receiving his international clearance. On 30 January 2010 He made his debut for the Terriers in their 1–0 win against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. His first home game for Huddersfield was in their 1–1 draw with Carlisle United. Heffernan's last game for the Terriers was in their 4–3 win over Walsall. After Town lost in the play-offs, Heffernan returned to Australia to join his new team-mates at Melbourne Heart after making 15 appearances for the Terriers.

Melbourne Heart[edit]

Heffernan left Huddersfield Town in the wake of their 2–0 defeat to Millwall in the play-off semi final. Heffernan had already signed for Melbourne Heart prior to joining Huddersfield so will play in the 2010–11 season for the Melbourne Heart. At Heart, he played most games in the first half of the season, but after getting sent off, his position was covered by Aziz Behich and he was not included in the starting lineup for many games afterwards.

Perth Glory[edit]

On 25 February 2011, Heffernan moved to A-League side Perth Glory for the 2011–12 season. He will join Perth Glory for pre season training in August after he completes a short term loan deal with Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin.[2]

Liaoning Whowin[edit]

On 30 August 2011, it was announced Perth Glory had agreed to release Heffernan after the player decided he'd like to remain with Liaoning Whowin after the end of his loan deal.[3]

Return to Perth Glory[edit]

On 3 January 2012 it was announced that he had returned to A-League club Perth Glory. [4]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

On Friday 28 June 2013 it was announced that Heffernan had signed a 1 year contract to play for Western Sydney Wanderers.[5]

Dean was involved with Western Sydney Wanderers during there successful asian champions league

Retirement[edit]

On 21 May 2014 Heffernan announced his retirement from professional football.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season A-League Finals Asia Other1 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Central Coast Mariners 2005–06 19 7 4 1 - - 5 0 28 8
Club Season Bundesliga German Cup Europe Other Total
1. FC Nuremberg 2006–07 0 0 - - - - - - 0 0
Club Season A-League Finals Asia Other1 Total
Central Coast Mariners 2007–08 16 1 - - - - 3 0 19 1
2008–09 6 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 14 0
2009–10 20 1 - - - - - - 20 1
Club subtotal 61 9 5 1 6 0 9 0 81 10
Club Season League One FA Cup Europe Other Total
Huddersfield Town 2009–10 15 0 - - - - - - 15 0
Club Season A-League Finals Asia Other Total
Melbourne Heart 2010–11 13 0 - - - - - - 13 0
Club Season Chinese Super League Chinese FA Cup Asia Other Total
Liaoning Whowin 2011 22 0 - - - - - - 22 0
Club Season A-League Finals Asia Other Total
Perth Glory 2011–12 14 1 - - - - - - 14 1
Total 128 10 5 1 6 0 9 0 145 11
  • NOTE: teams in Italics indicate loan period

1Includes A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup.

International career[edit]

Heffernan was selected to be part of the Socceroos in the Australia versus Argentina game on 11 September 2007. He got his first senior international cap for the Socceroos on 28 January 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Indonesia at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. He was then again selected for the Socceroos in January 2010 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Kuwait. Heffernan scored in the fifth minute to open his international scoring account and help his side to a 2–2 draw.

International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 January 2010 Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait  Kuwait 2–0 2–2 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification
International appearances
# Date Opponent Score Result Competition Game time Match Report
1 29 January 2009  Indonesia 0–0 Draw 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Substituted off 76' Report
2 6 January 2010  Kuwait 2–2 Draw 2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification Full game Report

Honours[edit]

With Central Coast Mariners:

References[edit]

External links[edit]