A left-armer seamer capable of swinging the ball both ways, Dean was one of Derbyshire’s most loyal servants during a career that began in 1996.
He stands at 6ft 5in and, though never capable of express pace, his ability to extract bounce - allied to his tremendous discipline - ensured he was an integral member of the Derbyshire attack for the best part of a decade.
Dean took a career-best 8-52 against Kent in 2000, and was the joint leading wicket-taker in first-class cricket in 2002 with 83 victims at 23.50 apiece.
A double stress fracture of the back interrupted Dean’s career, and his appearances have become increasing fleeting in recent season.
He appeared only fitfully in 2006 - his benefit year - and took just 23 wickets in the LV County Championship in 2007, but he nevertheless won a new one-year contract keeping him at the County Ground until the end of 2008.
It proved to be his last, as he announced his retirement at the end of the campaign.