Dean Heffernan Joins Wanderers

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are pleased to announce the signing of Dean Heffernan.

The NRMA Insurance Western Sydney Wanderers are pleased to announce the signing of Dean Heffernan.

Heffernan, who is currently playing in the Illawarra Premier League with Dapto Dandaloo, has signed a one-year deal with the Wanderers.

“When the opportunity came up to play for the Western Sydney Wanderers, I jumped at it. It-s a real honour to play for the club especially after the success they had last season. And it will be a real privilege to play in front of the Wanderers fans each week,” said an excited Heffernan at joining the Wanderers.

“Dean brings a rich experience and versatility to our squad. He is a very talented left sided player and a true professional. He is very familiar with many of our team having played beside Michael Beauchamp during their days together at the Mariners and again at Melbourne Heart. He will add a lot of spark to the style of football we play and knowing Dean as I do, he will be very focussed on playing first eleven football. It is a delight to have him become a part of the Wanderers family,” said Wanderers Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.

In a senior career that has spanned over 11 years, the Wanderers will be Heffernan-s 4th A-League club.

Heffernan started his A-League career with the Central Coast Mariners, impressing from 2005 to 2010 including selection in the PFA team of the year in his final season. He tried to forge a career in Europe in 2006-07 with a loan spell at FC Nuremberg but failed to make the first team and suffered a broken leg in 2007 when back at the Mariners.

Another later stint at Huddersfield Town was also cut short and he joined Melbourne Heart for a season before two spells at Perth Glory.

The 33 year old Heffernan, has also twice played for the Socceroos - making his debut in the 2009 Asian Cup qualifying match against Indonesia. He was called up again a year later, in January 2010, and scored in an Asian Cup qualifying 2-2 draw with Kuwait.