Jan 17 2013 by Paul Bishop , Harrow Observer
PETER Dean has vowed to stay and fight for his shirt in the Wealdstone front line.
The Stones’ striker confirmed this week what we have all suspected for years that when a player says ‘competition for places is a good thing’, the unspoken end of the sentence is ‘as long as I get picked’.
The hard-working frontman was honest enough to admit he has had ‘the right hump’ since becoming the third man in a two-man strike force at the Vale since the arrival of Chris Moore last month.
After playing a key role in Stones’ 1-0 win over Bognor in the absence of Richard Jolly, Dean underlined his commitment to the cause, but made clear he has no intention of regularly being the odd one out.
He said: “I don’t want to be used as Richard’s back-up when he goes on holiday, so it is a chance for me to restate my case and I think I did that today.
“I can see the value of what Chris has brought to the party without a doubt, but I still don’t think I should have been dropped.
“I was doing well at the time he came in.
“I took it on the chin for the first couple of games, then we started losing. And I was still on the bench at Kingstonian, where my attitude stunk because I had the right hump.
“It’s nothing against Chris or Richard. I just want to play and I back myself every game. But that’s football, isn’t it? If you don’t like it you go or you deal with it.
“I don’t want to go I love it down here, so I’ve got to take it on the chin and get on with it.”
The 26-year-old, now in his second spell at Wealdstone, knows he must produce more goals to nudge ahead of one of his team-mates in a fight for the shirt.
Dean has nine goals so far in this campaign, but only one of those has contributed to the promotion push and he has not found the net in the league since October.
He found another way to contribute in the win over The Rocks, protecting the three points with a brilliant last-minute goal-line clearance.
Dean revealed there was a special reason why he was on duty at the near post duty for the last-gasp corner.
“I said to the lads ‘I don’t like marking, so I would put myself on the line so I did not have to mark anyone.”
“It is nearly as good as a goal I suppose,” he added. “I just don’t get a bonus for that.”