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Hammond playing for Leicester City in 2014
|Full name||Dean John Hammond|
|Date of birth||7 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Hastings, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|1998–2000||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|2000–2008||Brighton & Hove Albion||136||(21)|
|2003||→ Aldershot Town (loan)||7||(0)|
|2003||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||8||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||37||(2)|
|2015–2016||→ Sheffield United (loan)||30||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 July 2016 (UTC).
Dean John Hammond (born 7 March 1983 in Hastings) is an English football player who most recently played for Sheffield United. He previously played in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion, Leyton Orient, Colchester United and Southampton.
Brighton & Hove Albion
During the early stages of his career at Brighton & Hove Albion, Hammond had loan spells at lower league teams twice in 2003, first to Aldershot Town during September, and secondly to Leyton Orient in October. He was given a six-month ultimatum at the start of the 2004–05 season by then manager Mark McGhee, Hammond impressed and was awarded a new deal that summer.
At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, he was handed the vacant number 11 shirt at the club, and became a first-team regular, either playing on the left hand side of midfield or in his preferred natural position of central midfield. In the 2006–07 season, he was handed the captain's armband at the club after injuries to both Richard Carpenter and Charlie Oatway. At the end of January 2007, Carpenter was released by Brighton, so Hammond became the new official club captain.
At the start of the 2007–08 season, Hammond had one-year remaining on his contact at the Withdean, manager Dean Wilkins was keen to offer Hammond a new deal, with the club and representatives for the player beginning talks in October 2007. During January 2008, it was revealed that Hammond would only sign a new deal for the club if they showed the ambition of returning to the Championship. When the £300,000 capture of striker Glenn Murray from Rochdale failed to change Hammond's mind, the club placed him on the transfer list with little more than a week of the transfer window remaining.
On 30 January 2008, Brighton accepted an offer of £250,000 plus add-ons for the player. Hammond completed the deal the following day, moving to Colchester United. Hammond made 63 appearances during his time with The U's, scoring 5 times in all competitions before his move to St. Mary's.
On 19 August 2009, Hammond signed a three-year contract with Southampton for an undisclosed fee. He scored his first goal against Oldham Athletic, and made the scoresheet again a week later, against Milton Keynes Dons. On 5 March 2011, he scored the second goal with a drive from the edge of the area against former club Colchester United to complete a 2–0 away win, and one week later scored an important second goal against Bournemouth in a 3–1 away win.
He scored the first Southampton goal of the 2011–12 season, a 25-yard effort in a 3–1 victory over Leeds United, in their first game back in the Championship for two years. On 29 April 2012, Hammond gained promotion with Southampton to the Premier League.
On 30 August 2013, Hammond joined Leicester City for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-year deal. Hammond scored his first goal for Leicester with a late, headed equaliser against Wigan Athletic on 1 April 2014, helping the Foxes extend their lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship to seven points. Hammond played 29 times as Leicester won the Championship en route to promotion to the Premier League.
Hammond made his Premier League debut as a substitute for the injured Danny Drinkwater in the opening day 2–2 draw with Everton and cemented his place with impressive performances against Chelsea, Arsenal and Stoke City.
On 2 July 2015 Hammond signed a one-year contract extension until the summer of 2016.
Sheffield United (loan)
On 20 October, Hammond joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of January, rejoining his former manager from Southampton, Nigel Adkins. He made his debut the same day in a 3–0 victory over Fleetwood Town.
On 20 May 2016, Hammond activated his option of a permanent contract with the club which had been inserted as part of his loan move. However, new manager Chris Wilder was seemingly less keen on the services of Hammond and instantly placed him on the transfer list. On 2 July 2016, Hammond left the club by mutual consent.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||League Trophy||Total|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||2000–01||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|Aldershot Town (loan)||2003–04||7||0||0||0||0||0||—||7||0|
|Leyton Orient (loan)||2003–04||8||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)||2012–13||37||2||2||0||0||0||—||39||2|
- Football League Trophy winners: 2010
- Football League One runners-up: 2010–11
- Football League Championship runners-up: 2011–12
- Leicester City
- Hugman, Barry, ed. (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-85291-662-6.
- "Dean Hammond". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- Naylor, Andy (22 January 2008). "Hammond holds fire on signing new deal". The Argus (Brighton). Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- Naylor, Andy (25 January 2008). "Albion still expect Hammond to leave". The Argus (Brighton). Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- Naylor, Andy (1 February 2008). "Hammond hits back at Seagulls chairman". The Argus (Brighton). Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- "Hammond Returns To Seagulls". Southampton FC. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Brighton clinch quadruple signing". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
- "Dean Hammond signs for City". www.LCFC.com. Leicester City F.C. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "Wigan 2 – 2 Leicester". BBC Sport. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
- "Dean Hammond Signs New Leicester City Contract". lcfc.com. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- "Dean Hammond: Sheffield United sign Leicester midfielder on loan". BBC Sport. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Sheffield United 3 – 0 Fleetwood Town". BBC Sport. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015.
- "Hammond leaves". Sheffield United FC. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
- "Dean Hammond". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- "D. HAMMOND". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
- Dean Hammond player profile at www.lcfc.com
- Dean Hammond player profile at www.premierleague.com
- Dean Hammond career statistics at Soccerbase
|Colchester United Captain