Dean Parrett Player Profile
Debut: Crewe Alexandra (A, 3-0), 22/10/2013
Boro’ do like a returning hero and midfielder Dean Parrett became the latest in a reasonable line of prodigal sons coming home in summer 2019. After three years away from the Lamex, Parrett had seen action in the colours of AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham. But clearly the chance to join forces once more with gaffer Dino Maamria was too good to turn down and back the lad came.
Parrett first rocked up at Boro’ in October 2013, with Graham Westley looking to build a new empire in his third spell in charge. It came after the midfielder had been let go by Premier League giants Spurs at the end of his contract; his first team opportunities in his time at the Lane coming on loan at a handful of Football League clubs over a period of four years.
At Spurs, Parrett turned pro; making his inaugural first team appearance in February 2009 against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup. The wealth of talent residing in North London meant it’d be hard for a promising 17-year-old to make much impact, however. And that’s why he found himself out on loan over the coming seasons.
First came Aldershot Town, although only for a month. The Shots were keen to keep hold of him to be fair, but Parrett still returned to White Hart Lane after just four games down at the Rec. After signing a new Spurs deal in 2010, it was off on loan to Plymouth Argyle for what should’ve lasted the full 2010-1 season. The deal ended in November by mutual agreement in November 2010, however.
Charlton, Yeovil and Swindon all gave Parrett somewhere to play his football for a short while; the midfielder getting some valuable experience of life in the Football League at the very least. But he found his time at Spurs was up at the end of the 2012-3 season after coming back from Swindon. A surprise? Maybe not. But Parrett was let go nonetheless and was free to find a new home.
Football League experience and England honours at U16, U17, U19 and U20 levels? It was a no-brainer to bring him in to Boro’. It was also a bit of a coup by all accounts. The talk was that Derby and Shrewsbury were in for Parrett, so GW did a bit of alright to get his man.
He became a key figure in our midfield too, clocking up 70+ appearances in his first spell. A measure of his importance can be taken from our ill-fated game at home to MK Dons in 2013-4. Needing a win in the fight against relegation, Boro’ were two goals to the good when Parrett went off injured on the hour. Not only did we end up losing 3-2, but we lost the midfielder for the rest of the season and finished the campaign bottom of the table.
What if he didn’t get injured, eh?