Heffernan warming up for the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
|Full name||Dean James Heffernan|
|Date of birth||19 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2005–2010||Central Coast Mariners||65||(10)|
|2006–2007||→ 1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||0||(0)|
|2013–2014||Western Sydney Wanderers||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2013
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 teammate Michael Beauchamp had a ten-day trial with German Bundesliga club Nürnberg. On 1 July 2006, both players transferred to Nürnberg on season-long loans. Heffernan struggled to get senior games only appearing on the bench for the first team, although he played eight games in the reserves scoring five 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. He also scored 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.
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 teammates at Melbourne Heart after making 15 appearances for the Terriers.
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.
On 25 February 2011, Heffernan moved to A-League side Perth Glory for the 2011–12 season. He planned to join Perth Glory for pre-season training in August after he had completed a short-term loan deal with Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin.
Return to Perth Glory
Western Sydney Wanderers
On 28 June 2013, it was announced that Heffernan had signed a one-year contract to play for Western Sydney Wanderers, following a short stint with Illawarra Premier League club Dapto Dandaloo Fury.
|Central Coast Mariners||2005–06||19||7||4||1||-||-||5||0||28||8|
|1. FC Nürnberg (loan)||2006–07||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||0||0|
|Central Coast Mariners||2007–08||16||1||-||-||-||-||3||0||19||1|
|Club||Season||League One||FA Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Club||Season||Chinese Super League||Chinese FA Cup||Asia||Other||Total|
|Liaoning Whowin (loan)||2011||22||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||22||0|
1Includes A-League Pre-Season Challenge Cup.
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 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.
|1||6 January 2010||Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait||Kuwait||2–0||2–2||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification|
|#||Date||Opponent||Score||Result||Competition||Game time||Match Report|
|1||29 January 2009||Indonesia||0–0||Draw||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification||76'||Report|
|2||6 January 2010||Kuwait||2–2||Draw||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification||Full game||Report|
- Heffernan Joins Melbourne Heart FC
- Heffernan joins Glory
- "Heffernan Exits Glory for China". Archived from the original on 5 October 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-30.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- Veteran Dean Heffernan Has Signed A One Year Deal With A-League Club Western Sydney Wanderers