Dean Rance

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Dean Rance
Personal information
Full name Dean James Robert Rance[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Maidstone, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ebbsfleet United
Youth career
000?–2009 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Gillingham 0 (0)
2010 Maidstone United (loan) 4 (0)
2011 Maidstone United (loan) ? (?)
2011 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 7 (3)
2011 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 8 (0)
2012 Dover Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2013 Dover Athletic
2013– Ebbsfleet United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:09, 14 May 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dean James Robert Rance (born 24 September 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Ebbsfleet United.


Born in Maidstone, Kent, Rance joined the Gillingham Centre of Excellence at the age of eight.[4] He started an apprenticeship with the club during the summer of 2008 and his good form for the youth team earned him a call-up for the first team squad, being named on the bench for Gillingham's FA Cup game against Aston Villa in January 2009.[4] Rance finished the 2009–10 season as the youth team's top goalscorer, and in May 2010 signed his first professional contract with the club.[4] However, his opportunities in the first team were limited in the 2010–11 season by a foot injury sustained during a pre-season friendly.[4]

Despite this, he impressed during loan spells with non-League sides Maidstone United and Bishop's Stortford.[4] He signed a new one-year contract with Gillingham ahead of the 2011–12 season, during which he made his first team debut as a substitute in an FA Cup first round replay against Bournemouth in November 2011.[4]

Rance was loaned out to Conference South side Dover Athletic on a one-month loan on 2 March 2012.[5] He was released by Gillingham in May 2012 and signed a permanent contract with Dover.[6]


  1. ^ "List of Temporary Transfers of Players under Written Contract Between 01/03/2012 and 31/03/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dean Rance". Dover Athletic F.C. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 473. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Player Profiles". Gillingham F.C. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Reading winger Jordan Obita joins Andy Hessenthaler's Gillingham while midfielder Dean Rance leaves for Dover Athletic". Kent Online. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Gillingham youngster Dean Rance joins Dover Athletic". Kent Online. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 

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