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 25)[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 40 (0)
2013– Ebbsfleet United 117 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:07, 29 January 2017 (UTC).

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


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] Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Rance signed for Ebbsfleet United.


  1. ^ "List of Temporary Transfers of Players under Written Contract Between 01/03/2012 and 31/03/2012". The Football Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dean Rance". Dover Athletic F.C. Retrieved 24 September 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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