|Full name Dean Jeffery Gerken|
000?–2002 Southend United
Weight 77 kg
Height 1.83 m
|Playing position |
Role Football player
Place of birth Rochford, England
Name Dean Gerken
Career start 2004
|Date of birth (1985-05-22) 22 May 1985 (age 30)|
Current team Ipswich Town F.C. (#1 / Goalkeeper)
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Dean Jeffery Gerken (born 22 May 1985) is an English goalkeeper who plays for Ipswich Town in the Football League Championship. He started his career as a youth player at Southend United. He has previously played for Colchester United, Darlington and Bristol City.
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- Colchester United
- Bristol City
- Ipswich Town
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Gerken was born in Rochford. He started his career at Southend United as a youngster before moving to Essex rivals Colchester United. As a teenager he attracted the attention of England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence. He made his first-team debut against Brentford in League One in 2004, as a stand-in for Simon Brown and Richard McKinney. In the 2004–05 season, replacing first-choice goalkeeper Aidan Davison, Gerken kept four clean sheets in 17 appearances.
More appearances in Colchester's successful 2005–06 campaign gave Gerken another four clean sheets, including the crucial 0–0 draw at Yeovil Town that clinched Colchester's promotion to the Football League Championship.
Gerken made the number one position his own as the over-achieving U's ended the 2006–07 season in tenth place. Gerken was crowned Colchester's Young Player of the Year for 2007. He signed an extended contract in July 2007, and played 40 League games during the 2007–08 season, at the end of which Colchester were relegated back to League One.
On 15 January 2009, Gerken signed a one-month loan deal with League Two side Darlington. He went straight into the starting eleven for their next game, a 5–1 defeat of Luton Town.
Gerken returned to his parent club soon after, due to Darlington going into administration.
On 30 June 2009, it was confirmed that Bristol City had completed the signing of Gerken for an undisclosed fee, to end his seven-season stay with Colchester United. Gerken was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure in the early hours of 25 October 2009 after he was allegedly spotted urinating in public.
Gerken made his final game for City on 12 January 2013, in a 4–0 defeat at home to Leicester City. On 8 May 2013, Gerken was released by Bristol City along with third-choice keeper Lewis Carey.
On 12 July 2013 Gerken signed a two-year deal with Ipswich Town. Soon after he joined Ipswich he replaced Scott Loach as the first choice goalkeeper. He made his debut for Ipswich Town in a 1–1 draw against Birmingham City.