Dean Deal

Dean Squire of Plymouth Albion goes over for a try during the the National League 1 Match between Old Albanians and Plymouth Albion on January 14 in St Albans, Herts.
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By Haden Tye

Dean Squire has signed a new one-year-deal at Brickfields and says that things at Albion can only get better.

Albion’s 21-year-old centre says he wants to become a key part of Kieran Hallett’s exciting side at Brickfields as Albion look to top the pile next season and return to the Championship.

Dean spoke of how he has enjoyed being part of a close group of players in his first season at Albion, which has been a thought echoed by many of the players in the Brickfields dressing room.

“Obviously next year we hope to go up,” said Dean. “Then we will take it from there… things can only get better.”

Cue Dan Pullinger and Nile Dacres interrupting the interview to serenade Dean with a rendition of “Things Can Only Get Better” by ‘D:Ream’; it is obvious to see why Dean has enjoyed his time at Brickfields.

“[I want to] stay here next year and push on myself,” said Dean. “Hopefully I can become more of a key member of the team and hopefully we are fighting for promotion next year. The club is moving forward so it is the right place to be. There is a close group of boys and it is a place I want to be a part of.

“I have really enjoyed my year this year. I really want to be part of what’s going on here at the club. There hasn’t been one highlight but it has been a great team to be a part of this year. It’s a close group and we have got better and better as the season has gone on and our home record has been really good all year, only losing one game at home.

A talented and ambitious player, Dean very much fits the mould of Kieran’s side and has developed throughout the season since joining from Brixham in the summer.

“Personally it has been a big learning curve for me. I have developed as the season has gone on. There is a still a lot of work to do next year but I have really enjoyed working hard all year and getting better and better each week.”

As well as acquiring some game time for Albion to aid his development, Dean has also been helped by the expertise of Kieran and his coaching staff.

“Kieran is a great coach and player,” said Dean. “I have learned a lot of him this year and the longer I work with him, the more I am going to learn.”