Forward Dean Grant today said his farewells to everyone at Sheppey United football club.
“Deano” re-joined the club mid-last season and his dedication, experience and goal contributions played an important part to a season where the player ended-up with 4 medals to take home. In all, last season Dean Grant played 28 games, scoring 8 goals with many of these appearances operating as a left winger rather than his favoured centre forward position.
His highlights include scoring the winning goal against Holland & Blair to secure the Kent Senior Trophy and also bagging two against Crowborough in the SCEFL Cup Final – and who can forget those two memorable strikes against Deal Town home and away?
This season Dean has seen his playing minutes reduced even further and a short-term dual registration with K Sports was arranged to give him some game time, but now Deano has made the decision to take-up a new challenge.
Dean said upon his departure” It was an honour to represent the club and be part of what was achieved last season. From everyone behind the scenes to the fans, to the men I’ve played with I can honestly say I’ve loved every minute.
“The move initially came at a time when I just wanted to enjoy football around good people and I couldn’t have made a better decision. Naturally this season was always going to be different and unfortunately, and as I’m reaching the latter part of my career, I want to play as many minutes as possible so I can to justify to myself the reasons I’m out of the house and not spending that time with my 2 young boys and partner.
“I will miss not stepping out in a Sheppey shirt in front of the immense fans every week, but I can leave with a great memory of being in the history books that together we done something that will be very hard to match for a long time coming which hopefully acts as a steppingstone to the heights the club can get to!
I will be back as fan, Up the Ites!”
Player-Manager Jack Midson had this to say. “We are all sad to see Dean go but at this current time for him and the football club it was the best decision for both parties. These decisions as players and staff are never easy but are a reality of football and he remained professional throughout his time at the club and is definitely one of the good guys in football – And even with recent discussions he has remained dignified, forthcoming and realistic which again shows his amazing character as a man.
“I wish him all the best in the future and I’m sure our paths will cross again.”
All the best Deano from us all at SUFC.