City win race to seal return of former loan ace
Will Dean during his loan spell with Truro City. PICTURE: PPAUK
26th May 2021
By Gareth Davies
Truro City have pulled off a seismic coup with the permanent capture of former Exeter City midfielder Will Dean.
Dean was released by the Grecians recently after coming through the ranks at St James Park and he spent part of last season on loan at National League South outfit Bath City.
The 19-year-old is no stranger to the White Tigers’ faithful after he enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with City in 2019-20 and despite the season being cut short owing to the covid pandemic, Dean walked off with the coveted Players’ Player of the Year Award.
He began the 2020-21 very much in favour with Exeter boss Matt Taylor and was a starting figure in their League Two side. However, as the season progressed, he slid down the pecking order and once again moved away from Devon. It was no surprise that he wasn’t offered fresh terms by Exeter although since his release was announced, Voice sources have revealed that both Weymouth and Torquay United were keen on his signature before Truro won the race earlier this week.
“It’s never nice to be told you’re not getting a new contract – especially by the club you have been at since you were young,” Dean said, in an exclusive interview with the Voice. “I spoke to Paul the day I left Truro two seasons ago and we have been in regular contact ever since. As soon as he found out that I wasn’t going to staying at Exeter, he was straight on the phone and we met in person. We had a good chat and it’s great to get the deal done.
“He’s the main reason why I came to Truro. He knows what I am like and I know what he’s like as a manager. I played under him before, and he played in my position as a player and was very successful. I think that’s why I have come back because if I’m being honest, he can take my game to the next level.
“At Truro before, it was my first year in men’s football and as an 18-year-old, Paul showed a lot of faith to play me week in, week out. I’m the sort of player that needs to play a lot of games, so I think my previous spell was a success.
“The main thing for me is to play football. Effectively I have taken one step backwards, to take two forwards. The way Paul has laid it out to me, we have a new stadium coming and a strong squad. I think we will be moving forward quickly.”