- Dean Brill
Dean Brill Personal information Full name Dean Michael Brill Date of birth 2 December 1985 Place of birth Luton, England Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Playing position Goalkeeper Club information Current club Barnet Number 1 Youth career 1995–2003 Luton Town Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 2003–2009 Luton Town 81 (0) 2006–2007 → Gillingham (loan) 8 (0) 2009–2011 Oldham Athletic 58 (0) 2011– Barnet 13 (0) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Brill joined Luton at the age of nine, progressing through the Centre of Excellence and representing Luton Schools and Bedfordshire County Schools at various age groups. His abilities alerted the attention of bigger clubs, including Liverpool, but Luton fought off the competition to secure his signature.
Beginning the 2003–04 season as understudy to Rob Beckwith, Brill made his league debut as a substitute in a 3–0 loss at Oldham Athletic after Beckwith had been sent off. His full league debut came three weeks later in a 3–1 home win over Wycombe Wanderers and he retained his place for the following two matches, a 1–0 win at Stevenage Borough in the Football League Trophy and a 4–2 loss in the league at Brentford.
With regular goalkeeper Marlon Beresford unavailable, Brill started the 2005–06 season as the number one goalkeeper, playing as Luton impressed former Premier League outfit Crystal Palace with a 2–1 victory at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the season.
Not rated by manager Mike Newell and goalkeeping coach Dmitri Kharine, Brill gave Beresford no competition to be the number one goalkeeper during the 2006–07 season. His first starting appearance of the campaign came in a 3–2 home loss to Queens Park Rangers, where he deputised for the suspended Beresford. However, following the loan signing of Portsmouth's Dean Kiely, Brill was pushed down to third-choice goalkeeper and in December 2006, he was loaned to League One side Gillingham, making 8 appearances during a month long stay. Having made 12 first team appearances for Luton, Brill was named Young Player of the Year at Luton's end of season awards.
At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Brill appeared to be a player that new manager Kevin Blackwell was unsure of, reinforced when Blackwell signed two goalkeepers on loan, pushing Brill into the reserves. With Luton going into administration in November 2007, Blackwell was unable to sign a new goalkeeper on loan, so Brill went straight back into the first team. He went on to make 47 appearances in all competitions for Luton during the season, a campaign that culminated in the Hatters finishing at the bottom of League One.
In the 2008–09 campaign, with Luton facing an almost impossible task to overcome a 30 point deduction, Brill started the first four games of the season. However, after a costly mistake in a 1-0 defeat against Rotherham United, he was dropped for on-loan goalkeeper Conrad Logan. When Logan's loan finished in mid-January, Brill went on to play in 18 further games, including Luton's Football League Trophy victory over Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium. The points deduction proved too much to overcome, and Luton were relegated for the third successive season to the Football Conference.
Brill was released on May 27, 2009, after coming to the end of his contract with Luton.
On 1 July 2009, Brill signed a two-year contract with Oldham Athletic. On the 10 May 2011 Brill was released by Oldham Athletic when he was told by manager Paul Dickov that he would not be having his two year contract renewed.
After trials at Toronto FC and Yeovil Town and 2 weeks on trial at Barnet, Brill signed for the Bees in time for the beginning of the 2011-12 season. He kept a clean sheet on his debut away to Morecambe.
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