Dean Whitehead (born 12 January 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Huddersfield Town.
Whitehead joined his local non-league club Abingdon Town before he signed for Football League side Oxford United in 1999. He impressed in the lower divisions and was signed by Championship side Sunderland in 2004. He won promotion in his first season with the Black Cats however, Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League with a record low points tally of 15. He was made captain by Roy Keane as Sunderland claimed an instant return to the top flight. After two more seasons in the north-east Whitehead joined Stoke City for a fee of £5 million in August 2009. He helped Stoke reach the 2011 FA Cup Final where Stoke finished runners-up to Manchester City. After spending four seasons with the Potters, Whitehead moved to Middlesbrough in July 2013.Close