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Dean James Heffernan (born 19 May 1980 in Sydney, New South Walesmarker, Australia) is an Australian football player. He currently plays for A-League team Central Coast Mariners.

Club career

With the Central Coast Mariners he scored 8 goals from left back in 24 games and was subsequently named in FourFourTwo's A-League dream team. In March 2006 he and fellow team mate Michael Beauchamp had a ten day trial with German Bundesliga club Nuremberg. On 1 July 2006 both players transferred to Nuremberg on season-long loans.Dean has struggled to get senior games only appearing on the bench for the first team, although he played 8 games in the Reserves scoring 5 goals. He has now signed a deal with the Mariners until the end of the 2009/10 season.Upon his return Dean was named in the national team to play Argentina and again named in the 442 Dream team for season 2007/08

Heffernan suffered a broken leg during the Mariners 4-5 loss to Sydney FC on 22 December 2007, due to a tackle by Ufuk Talay. As a result he was unable to play in the rest of the 2007/08 A-League season.

Since returning from his fractured tibia Dean has been selected twice for the National team and was a stand out for his club the Marinersfor their recent Asian Champions League

International career

Heffernan was selected to be part of the Socceroos in the Australia versus Argentina game on 11 September 2007. He got his first senior international cap for the Socceroos on 28 January 2009 in a AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Indonesia at the Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta. He was then again selected for the socceroos in February 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Kuwait

Nickname

Heffernan has earned the nickname "Sonic" for his pace and energy.

Honours

With Central Coast Mariners:

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