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"I play for the fans, with my heart on my sleeve"

Harlee Dean talks about his 16/17 season and the POTY awards

9 May 2017

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Harlee Dean was pleased to win Supporters' Player of the Season at Sunday's Player of the Year awards. The Brentford captain admitted that he had wanted to see more from the team this season but acknowledged that this year was a good starting point for next season.

Speaking to Bees Player, Harlee said: "I think it's tough to say it's been a good season because I think we could have acheived so much more, but we finished strongly so that takes the edge off of the disappointment that we have in the squad; knowing how good we've been and how good we could have been throughout the whole season.

"I think [the Blackburn result] was inconsistency, which has sort of been our downfall this season. I think a few of the boys out there were maybe already on their holidays. Blackburn obviously wanted it, but if they wanted it we are a much better team and should have beaten them by a few."

The 25-year-old also spoke about leading the team this season that saw the return of Jota and Sergi Canos in January.

"Since the boys returned, they gave us a bit of pace in the team. After the new year, that's when we've been at our best and it's a shame that we haven't had them since the beginning of the season to be honest. If we had, we'd have been right up there this year. The league was wide open, it was there to be taken and unfortunately we didn't do that.

"Again, for a club such as the stature we are, it is good to finish in the top ten."

Harlee received both the Supporters' Player of the Year and the Bees Travel Club Away Player of the Year, an honour he was proud to discuss.

"It's not necessarily what you play for all season, but when it comes to the end and approaches the awards then it's obviously in the back of your mind. To get both the supporters' awards, home and away, I'm delighted really.

"It means a lot. I play for the fans, with my heart on my sleeve as everyone knows, and I play for the Club because it's something that I love. I've enjoyed this season, I feel like I've played well and I'm happy.

"I think whereas before, I'd have gone away in the summer and let myself go and had a real good time. I've grown up a little bit now, you can't do that in football anymore. You've got to keep ticking over and keep yourself on top form and that's something I'll look to do, then come back and start next season even stronger than I finished this season."

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