Date of birth
Dean returned to Colchester United after a ten-year absence in the summer of 2019.
An experienced keeper was on the agenda for the U's that summer summer, and as well as his on pitch experience, he is also very familiar with Colchester United.
He was part of the promotion winning squad for the U's in 2006, making fourteen appearances including the finale at Yeovil. Having been a regular starter during the U's Championship years, he returned to that tier when he signed for Bristol City in the summer of 2009.
After spending four of the past ten years in the West Country, he headed closer to home with the move to Ipswich Town.
Over 100 appearances followed, before he and Town parted company at the end of the 18/19 campaign.
Last year for the U's he was an ever-present fixture in the side, missing out on just one league game all season.