Harlee Dean

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Harlee Dean
Harlee Dean, Brentford FC footballer, Cardiff City Stadium, December 2014.jpg
Dean playing for Brentford in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Harlee James Dean[1]
Date of birth (1991-07-26) 26 July 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Basingstoke, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Brentford
Number 6
Youth career
000–2008 Dagenham & Redbridge
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Dagenham & Redbridge 1 (0)
2008 Redbridge (loan) 15 (4)
2008–2009 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 13 (3)
2009 Thurrock (loan) 10 (0)
2009 Braintree Town (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2010 Grays Athletic (loan) 23 (1)
2010–2012 Southampton 0 (0)
2011 Bishop's Stortford (loan) 9 (1)
2011–2012 Brentford (loan) 26 (1)
2012– Brentford 192 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:24, 21 April 2017 (UTC).

Harlee James Dean (born 26 July 1991) is an English professional football central defender who plays for Brentford. He began his career at Dagenham & Redbridge, before moving to Southampton in 2010.

Career[edit]

Dagenham & Redbridge[edit]

A centre back, Dean captained the Hall Mead School team for five years and forwent his A-levels in order to join the youth team at Dagenham & Redbridge.[2] Dean received his maiden call into the first team for a League Two match against Morecambe on 7 March 2009, but remained an unused substitute during the 2–0 defeat.[3] After being called into five early 2009–10 season squads without making an appearance, Dean made his professional debut on 31 October 2009,[4] coming on as an 81st-minute substitute for Scott Doe in a 1–1 home league draw with Port Vale and setting up Josh Scott for the equaliser.[5] It proved to be the only appearance of Dean's Dagenham career and he departed the club on 27 August 2010.[6]

Redbridge (loan)[edit]

Early in the 2008–09 season, Dean had a three-month loan spell at Isthmian League Division One North side Redbridge, where he made 15 appearances and scored four goals.[7] Two of those goals came in a 6–1 thrashing of Witham Town on 9 September 2008.[8]

Bishop's Stortford (loan)[edit]

Dean joined Conference South side Bishop's Stortford on loan, which was later extended in January 2009.[9] He made 13 appearances and scored three goals during his spell.[10]

Thurrock (loan)[edit]

Dean signed for Conference South strugglers Thurrock on loan on 20 March 2009.[11] He made 10 appearances and scored no goals.[10]

Braintree Town (loan)[edit]

Dean joined Conference South side Braintree Town on loan in August 2009.[12] He made eight appearances for the club without scoring.[10]

Grays Athletic (loan)[edit]

Dean signed on loan for Conference Premier side Grays Athletic in November 2009,[13] a deal which was later extended until the end of the 2009–10 season.[14] Dean made 23 appearances and scored one goal during his time with the club.[15]

Southampton[edit]

Dean signed for League One side Southampton on a two-year contract on 27 August 2010.[16] Dean's only first team call-up during the 2010–11 season was as an unused substitute for a 2–0 defeat to Brentford on 11 December 2010.[17] After the Saints' promotion to the Championship, Dean's only involvement with the first team during the 2011–12 season was as an unused substitute for League Cup matches versus Swindon Town and Crystal Palace early in the campaign.[18] He was released by the club at the end of the season, having failed to make an appearance.[6][19]

Return to Bishop's Stortford (loan)[edit]

Along with Tony Garrod, Dean returned to Bishop's Stortford on a one-month loan in February 2011.[20] On 31 March, manager Ian Walker extended Dean's loan until the end of the 2010–11 season.[21] He made 10 appearances during his spell,[10] scoring a consolation goal in a 3–1 defeat to Weston-super-Mare on 19 February.[22]

Brentford[edit]

2011–2013[edit]

On 24 November 2011, Dean joined League One side Brentford on loan until 8 January 2012.[23] Awarded the number 25 shirt, he made his debut two days later in a 2–1 win at Rochdale, coming on as a late substitute for match-winner and former Dagenham & Redbridge teammate Sam Saunders.[24] Dean made his first start for the club in the following game, partnering Leon Legge in defence in a 1–0 FA Cup second round defeat.[25] On 5 January 2012, Dean's loan was extended until the end of the 2011–12 season.[26] By the end of January, Dean was consistently one of manager Uwe Rösler's first choice centre backs and scored the first professional goal of his career with the opener in a 4–0 demolition of Carlisle United on 20 February.[27] Dean made 28 appearances during the 2011–12 season and scored one goal.[27]

On 21 May 2012, Dean signed a two-year permanent deal with the club.[28] Dean got his 2012–13 season off to a good start, scoring on his third appearance in a 5–1 rout of Crewe Alexandra on 25 August 2012.[29] He scored his second goal of the season with the third in a 3–1 away victory over Colchester United on Boxing Day and he bagged his third goal of the season with an equaliser in a 2–1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers on 19 January 2013,[30] making amends after bringing down David Amoo to concede a penalty for Tranmere's opening goal.[31] A highlight of Dean's season were starting appearances in the FA Cup fourth round against Premier League side Chelsea, with a 2–2 draw at Griffin Park taking the Bees to a replay at Stamford Bridge, which was lost 4–0.[30] A third-place finish in the league and success against Swindon Town in the playoffs saw Brentford face Yeovil Town in the 2013 League One play-off Final at Wembley Stadium. After going 2–0 behind, Dean powered home a header in the 51st minute, but wave after wave of subsequent attacks proved fruitless and it was the Glovers who were promoted to the Championship.[32] Dean amassed 56 appearances during the 2012–13 season,[30] scored four goals and shared the club's Players' Player of the Year award with Simon Moore.[33] He signed a three-year contract extension in July 2013.[34]

2013–2015[edit]

Dean began the 2013–14 season as an ever-present in league matches and made his 100th Brentford appearance in a 5–0 thrashing of Crewe Alexandra on 16 November 2013.[35][36] Dean suffered the first injury of his Bees career in the Christmas period, picking up a knock which saw him miss four games in January.[37] A broken metatarsal and an abdominal strain saw Dean miss three games in March, which allowed new centre back signing James Tarkowski to break into the team.[38] A suspension for Tarkowski mid-March saw Dean back in the team, but his season ended early on 28 April, when he underwent an operation to fix his abdominal injury.[39] He made 33 appearances during a successful season for the Bees,[40] which saw the club automatically promoted to the Championship with a runners-up finish.[41]

Having fallen behind James Tarkowski and Tony Craig in the pecking order, Dean began the 2014–15 season fully fit.[42] He made his first start of the season League Cup first round match versus former side Dagenham & Redbridge on 12 August and converted a header to level the score at an incredible 6–6 deep in extra time, sending the game to a penalty shootout, which Brentford won.[43] Dean enjoyed a run in the team in late August and throughout September, but was dropped after losses by three and four goals to Norwich City and Middlesbrough respectively.[44] Dean later told the Hounslow Chronicle that he felt he had been made the scapegoat for the defeats,[45] with manager Mark Warburton later commenting that his players should keep their frustrations private.[46] He broke back into the team in late October and went on to keep hold of his starting place for much of the season alongside James Tarkowski, with his second goal of the season coming in a 2–1 victory over Fulham on 21 November,[44] the first league meeting between the sides since 1998.[47] Dean finished the 2014–15 season with 40 appearances and two goals, after the Bees were knocked out in the playoff semi-finals by Middlesbrough.[48]

2015–present[edit]

After starting in Brentford's first two league matches of the 2015–16 season,[49] it was announced that Dean had been named vice-captain by new manager Marinus Dijkhuizen.[50] He was an ever-present in league matches until being suspended as a result of being shown the first red card of his career during the second half of a 2–1 victory over Nottingham Forest on 21 November.[51] Coming into the final months of his contract, Dean signed a two-year extension in February 2016.[52] He missed just four league matches during the 2015–16 season and in the absence of Jake Bidwell, captained the team during a 3–0 win over hated rivals Fulham on 30 April 2016.[51]

Dean was named by head coach Dean Smith as captain for the 2016–17 season.[53] He partnered John Egan or Andreas Bjelland as part of a two or three-man central defence throughout the season and scored his first goal since November 2014 with Brentford's second in a 5–0 victory over Preston North End on 17 September 2016.[54][55] He scored twice in February 2017, in a 3–3 draw with Reading early in the month and what proved to be the winner versus Sheffield Wednesday on 22 February.[55] Having missed just four matches of the season by early March and entering the final year of his contract,[55] the club opened talks with Dean about an extension.[56]

Personal life[edit]

Dean lives in Brentford and has one child.[57][58] He is a West Ham United supporter.[59] While chatting to fans outside Griffin Park after a match on 21 November 2015, Dean witnessed a young supporter being hit by car and ran back into the ground, where he found club doctor Matt Stride.[60] The pair returned to the scene and Stride took charge of the situation until an ambulance arrived.[60] For their actions, Dean and Stride shared the Football League's Unsung Hero of the Month award.[60]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Brentford

As an individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 April 2017.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dagenham & Redbridge 2008–09[62] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[63] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Redbridge (loan) 2008–09[10] Isthmian League Division One North 15 4 15 4
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2008–09[10] Conference South 13 3 13 3
Thurrock (loan) 2008–09[10] Conference South 10 0 10 0
Braintree Town (loan) 2009–10[10] Conference South 8 0 8 0
Grays Athletic (loan) 2009–10[15] Conference Premier 23 1 1[a] 0 24 1
Southampton 2010–11[64] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[27] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bishop's Stortford (loan) 2010–11[10] Conference South 9 1 1[b] 0 10 1
Brentford (loan) 2011–12[27] League One 26 1 1 0 1[c] 0 28 1
Brentford 2012–13[30] 44 3 6 0 1 0 5[d] 1 56 4
2013–14[40] 32 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2014–15[48] Championship 35 1 1 0 2 1 2[e] 0 40 2
2015–16[51] 42 0 1 0 0 0 43 0
2016–17[55] 39 3 2 0 1 0 42 3
Brentford Total 218 8 12 0 4 1 9 1 242 11
Career total 292 17 12 0 4 1 10 1 317 19
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in FA Trophy.
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Herts Charity Cup.
  3. ^ Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy.
  4. ^ 2 appearances in Football League Trophy, 3 appearances and 1 goal in Football League play-offs.
  5. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs.

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