Dean Ashton a former professional footballer. He made over 240 appearances as a forward in the Premier League and Football League.

Ashton started his career with Crewe Alexandra in the year 2000 where he stayed until 2005. During his time at the club he made 158 appearances and scored 61 goals. In January of 2005 he made the move to Norwich City for a fee of £3 million, he made 44 appearances and scored 15 goals for the club where he stayed for 1 year. After an impressive spell with Norwich he caught the eye of West Ham who signed him for 7 Million in January 2006, he spent 3 years with the club, making 46 appearances and scoring 15 goals. On the 11th of December 2009 Dean Ashton announced his retirement from professional football due to injury.  

Ashton progressed through the England youth set up, racking up an impressive goal-to-game ratio. In May 2008, Ashton was named in Fabio Capello’s, squad for the USA and Trinidad and Tobago friendlies, he made his Senior debut, on the 1st of June 2008 against Trinidad & Tobago.

In this interview Dean talks in detail about his career path from getting into football at a young age going through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra to retiring early due to a serious injury. Dean gives a fantastic insight into how he adapted his game throughout his career and had to improve on certain aspects. He further goes onto explain how he developed his game by learning from older experienced players.