Shiels pictured in July 2008, while playing for Hibernian
|Full name||Dean Andrew Shiels|
|Date of birth||1 February 1985|
|Place of birth||Magherafelt, Northern Ireland|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2011–2012||→ Kilmarnock (loan)||23||(6)|
|Northern Ireland U16||3||(1)|
|Northern Ireland U17||8||(3)|
|Northern Ireland U19||5||(1)|
|2004–2006||Northern Ireland U21||6||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 March 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Shiels has represented Northern Ireland at full international level and has previously played for Arsenal youth teams, Doncaster Rovers, Hibernian and Kilmarnock. His father is Kenny Shiels, who was his manager at Kilmarnock.
Shiels started his professional career at Arsenal, but made no first team appearances for the club before signing for Hibernian in 2004. In early 2006, Shiels had an operation to remove his right eye, which had been blind since a domestic accident when he was eight years old. The damaged eye was causing headaches and it was agreed that surgery was the best solution. In November 2008, St. Mirren apologised to Shiels after one of their supporters verbally abused him regarding his disability during a match at Love Street. Hearts also criticised their supporters after they taunted Shiels about his disability during an Edinburgh derby match.
Shiels returned to action after his eye operation later in 2006. He re-established himself in Hibs' first team squad in the 2006–07 season, scoring in the team's first two league matches. He scored his first hat-trick for Hibs on 12 January 2008 in a 3–0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup, but Shiels struggled to establish himself as a Hibs first-team regular throughout his time at Easter Road.
Shiels, whose contract with Hibernian was due to expire in the summer of 2009, signed for Doncaster Rovers on 2 February 2009. He was transferred for a fee of around £50,000. He made his Rovers debut on 21 February 2009, coming on as a second half substitute in a 3–1 defeat at Swansea City. His first goal for the club came in the last home match of the 2008–09 season, when he scored the first goal in a 2–0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Shiels performed impressively in the 2009–10 season, his first full season with the club, scoring 6 goals in 25 starts from midfield. During the 2010–11 season, however, Shiels lost his place in the Doncaster starting line-up. He was loaned to Kilmarnock in July 2011 and his contract was mutually terminated in January 2012.
Shiels signed a six-month loan deal with Kilmarnock, managed by his father Kenny Shiels, in July 2011. Shiels made his first appearance for Kilmarnock on 30 July 2011, in a goalless draw against Motherwell at Rugby Park, coming on as a 74th minute substitute. Shiels scored his first goal for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 away defeat to Inverness CT. He scored a penalty in a 1–0 win over Hearts, after Marius Zaliukas fouled Paul Heffernan. Shiels signed for Kilmarnock on a permanent basis in January 2012. Shiels scored the only goal of the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Ayrshire derby rivals Ayr United on 28 January. He also scored the winning goal in a game against Rangers at Ibrox on 18 February, in Rangers' first game after entering administration. On 18 March, he played in the 2012 Scottish League Cup Final, which Kilmarnock won after beating Celtic 1–0. Shiels was shortlisted for the SPFA Players' Player of the Year award, along with Jon Daly, Steven Davis and Charlie Mulgrew. Shiels rejected the offer of a new contract with Kilmarnock and left the club at the end of the season.
Shiels won his first Northern Ireland cap against Portugal in November 2005. He was recalled to the squad for the match against Scotland in August 2008 after an absence of 18 months. Shiels appeared as a second half substitute in the goalless draw at Hampden Park. Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said in February 2012 that Shiels could still have an international future. O'Neill selected Shiels during the 2012–13 season despite him playing in the Scottish Third Division. Shiels scored his first international goal on 12 September, in a 1–1 draw against Luxembourg.
- Scores and goals list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
|1.||12 September 2012||Windsor Park, Belfast||Luxembourg||1–0||1–1||2014 World Cup qualifier|
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 374. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0.
- Collin, Iain (6 August 2004). "Shiels keen to use Arsenal education". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Press).
- "Hibs' Shiels to have eye removed". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 January 2006.
- "St Mirren apology to Hibs' Shiels". BBC Sport (BBC). 3 November 2008.
- "Edinburgh clubs condemn jeering". BBC Sport (BBC). 5 January 2009.
- "Shiels and Thompson in U21 squad". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 May 2006.
- "Doncaster snap up striker Shiels". BBC Sport (BBC). 2 February 2009.
- John Barnes and Alison Robbie (29 July 2011). "Doncaster's Dean Shiels signs for father at Kilmarnock". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 29 July 2011.
- "Shiels Leaves Rovers". doncasterroversfc.co.uk (Doncaster Rovers FC). 11 January 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Kilmarnock complete deals for Dean Shiels and Ben Gordon". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
- Murray, Ewan (18 February 2012). "Rangers' troubled week gets worse as Kilmarnock pile on misery". The Observer. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- "Celtic 0–1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport (BBC). 18 March 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
- "Dean Shiels hopes to stay at Kilmarnock". STV (STV Group). 19 April 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
- "Rangers clinch signing of Dean Shiels". BBC Sport (BBC). 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Rangers 4–0 East Fife". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- N Ireland 1–1 Portugal, BBC Sport, 15 November 2005.
- Shiels and Duff back in NI squad, BBC Sport, 11 August 2008.
- Moffat, Colin (20 August 2008). "Scotland 0–0 Northern Ireland". BBC Sport (BBC).
- "Billy McKinlay and Tommy Wright join Northern Ireland set-up". BBC Sport (BBC). 8 February 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2012.
- Wilson, Fraser (6 August 2012). "Rangers duo Andrew Little & Dean Shiels included in Northern Ireland squad". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- "World Cup qualifier: Northern Ireland 1 Luxembourg 1". Daily Record (Trinity Mirror). 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
- Dean Shiels career stats at Soccerbase
- Dean Shiels at National-Football-Teams.com
- Irish Football Association profile
- Official website profile