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Deacon's a blue at Dundee

14 June 2017

Manager Paul Doswell paid tribute to Roarie Deacon this afternoon after the attacking midfielder completed a move to Scottish Premiership club Dundee. Roarie came to national prominence with his performances in Sutton's run to the FA Cup 5th round last season, scoring last minute winners against Cheltenham and Forest Green as well as the game-changing equaliser at Wimbledon which was subsequently voted the club's Goal of the Season. He was also the width of a crossbar away from a spectacular goal against Arsenal, and denied a goal against Leeds by the most borderline of offside decisions,  while in the National League his superb last minute goal against Lincoln in March  (below) earned U's a point against the eventual league champions. He finished the season winning the Supporters' Club Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards. Roarie, whose Sutton contract expired at the end of the season, has signed a two year deal at Dens Park, where his navy blue shirt will carry the same number 21 as he wore at Sutton.Paul said:  "We are delighted that Roarie has got a move to the Scottish Premiership with Dundee. To be playing regularly against great clubs such as Celtic and Rangers in amazing stadiums is a fantastic reward for all his efforts for Sutton last season. His contribution on and off the pitch will always be fondly remembered, in particular outstanding performances in our FA Cup run.We are also proud of our part in another success story of getting the very best out of a player and getting him back to a higher level of professional football. There's no doubt that Roarie's career was at a standstill when he joined us, and it shows that with hard work and commitment that anything is possible.''Also announced today was a pre-season fixture against a Norwich City XI on Friday 28th July. Paul said: "It's another really good test and it will enable me to give the whole squad 90 minutes over the Friday night and the Saturday game against Chelmsford.''

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