Kevin Dean, Derbyshire’s most successful locally-developed player of recent times, is back with the club to help bring more of the county’s talent through to the first-class game.
The 36-year-old has been co-opted on to Derbyshire’s general committee and is looking forward to a much more hands-on role than simply turning up for monthly committee meetings.
Since retiring from the professional game at the end of the 2008 season, with 401 first-class and 181 limited-overs wickets to his name as he established a reputation as one of the country’s finest left-arm swing bowlers, Dean has remained active in the sport.
He is captain of Derbyshire Premier League champions Ockbrook & Borrowash – taking 51 wickets last season at an average of under 15 – and gives the club a new perspective on their links with the recreational game.
Dean is well known and respected, both around the leagues and with many of the current Derbyshire bowlers, and as the club no longer has a specialist bowling coach following Steffan Jones’ departure last season, it is easy to see plenty of scope for coaching input.
As the county’s PCA representative for 11 years, Dean’s experience could also be useful in their dealings with the ECB. But, for now, Dean says he is simply looking forward to being involved again.
“I’ve been close to Chris Grant for a couple of years and he called me to say there was an opportunity to join the committee and would I like to come on board,” said Dean. “I was delighted to take the chance and I’ll be happy to give any help I can.
“My role will be pretty flexible really – it’s what I make of it. I’ll be around to sit in committee meetings and contribute there and, as long as I’m not treading on anybody’s toes, I’ll get involved in any other way I can.”
Dean spent his entire professional career with Derbyshire after making his debut in 1996 and has built a successful property development business in the city but says the time is right to get involved with the county club again.
“I’ve taken a back seat for a few years and now it’s time to give something back to the club,” he said.
“Derbyshire has been part of my life since I used to help out on the scoreboard when I was 12 or 13 and I’m still a fan. I’ve not had as much time to get down to games as I would like in the last two or three years but now things are settling down for me, I want to get involved again.”
Dean will have to stand for election in March to take a longer-term seat on the general committee but chairman Grant believes he will get the support of the members.
“When evaluating co-opted appointees to the general committee, we are looking for individuals who can add real value to our decision-making process and contribute fully to moving Derbyshire County Cricket Club forward,” he said.
“As someone who has only recently retired from the game, Kevin will be an excellent source of support and advice to Karl Krikken and our young playing staff. I am delighted to welcome him to the committee.”