One of a raft of new additions to join us in summer 2014, Dean Wells arrived at the Lamex Stadium from Conference Premier side Braintree Town. We paid a reported fee of around £25,000 to land the defender after he’d helped the Essex side to a respectable sixth place finish in 2013-4. In joining Boro’, it was the first time in 10 years that Wells had been on the books of a Football League club; he started his career at Brentford as a young player but made a limited number of appearances before being released by Martin Allen in 2004.
During the second half of the 2016-7 League Two campaign, Wells found himself on the sidelines more. And, despite a handful of appearances in the final stages of the season, Wells left the club on a free in May 2017.
Dean Wells: Before Boro’
The defender looked to non-league to rebuild his career; starting that path with Hampton & Richmond Borough, a club at which he stayed for seven years in the Ryman League and then Conference South. It was so nearly the Conference Premier too, losing a playoff in 2009. When the time came to depart the Beveree Stadium, his next port of call was Staines Town. But it was the briefest of stays; four appearances made before he moved on to Braintree for the club’s first season in the Conference Premier.