Interview conducted by David Marriott on 15/10/2016
David: Hi Dean, thank you for speaking with us. Firstly, what are your thoughts on today’s 0-5 defeat to Dover Athletic?
Dean: Well, obviously they’re a good side, I played against them in pre-season when I was at Leyton Orient and they’ve got some good areas especially up front. Maybe we showed a bit too much respect today but it was always going to be a tough game and the boys gave it their all. In football sometimes the high calibre players shine through and today they’ve done very well.
David: You’ve come back down here to Burgess Hill, where you started your career, do you have any aims of what you want to achieve whilst you’re here- maybe a certain goal or assist tally?
Dean: Not really, I just want to play as many games as I can in my short time here and get as many points as we can. In my first game, we managed to win and that was great and if I can chip in with some goals and assists then I’ll be doing my job.
David: What do you think are the main differences between the Ryman League and the Football League?
Dean: It’s a lot more frantic here in the Ryman League and the ball changes hands quite quickly. Possession is given up easily at times, but in terms of fitness, I might gain more here because of that as you have to get into position quicker ready to receive possession. The more obvious one is the quality of strikers- in League Two or League One, strikers only need a couple of chances to put it away whereas maybe here you need three or four.
David: Do you have any standout memories of when you were here the first time around?
Dean: Scoring a goal against Lewes from the half-way line! It was actually a left-footed goal which is rare for me- usually, it’s just there for me to stand on! But it’s a great club [Burgess Hill] and I know Chappers well and if we can accumulate as many points as possible before I leave then that would be great.
David: Do you have a favourite goal of your career? Whether that be at Brighton or Leyton Orient…
Dean: The standout one for me is a half-way line goal away to Walsall- I don’t think I’ll ever be able to replicate that goal again!
David: With Jimmy Bullard trying his hand at management at Leatherhead- do you see yourself in management in the future?
Dean: 100%, definitely- I’d love to have a go at it! I’ve done my coaching badges and I’m looking to do my UEFA A-Licence next summer. I’m concentrating on playing at the moment, but I want to get that into place for when the time comes, hopefully, a football club will take me on and give me a chance to hit my wits as a manager.
David: Last question Dean, what is the highlight of your career?
Dean: I think walking out at Wembley with Leyton Orient in the Play-Off final. Albeit, it didn’t end well, but it was a great season and I enjoyed the Play-Offs- especially scoring in the semi-finals to get us to Wembley. I can remember the fans invading the pitch and singing ‘Que sera sera’. The build up to that game was great and rarely do you get to walk out to see your family in the crowd and sing the national anthem. To have that experience and be able to say I’ve scored at Wembley is something I’ll cherish and never forget.
David: Great, thank you for your time, Dean.
Dean: No problem mate.
Dean will be at the club until 3rd January when he’ll return to Crawley Town.