It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Dean Whitehead has always been more about grit than glamour.

So it would be great to see the hard-working midfielder recognised at Town’s annual awards ceremony.

Some thought the former Middlesbrough man was past his prime when Town made him their first close-season recruit back in June.

Dean Whitehead.
Dean Whitehead.

But the 34-year-old, whose senior bow came with Oxford United in December 1999, has certainly proved them wrong.

After leaving Oxford, Whitehead played in the Premier League with both Sunderland and Stoke City.

And that experience is clear to see.

The Berkshire-born player can handle himself for sure.

But as well as being a tough tackler, he’s also a talented footballer who can pick a pass .

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Whitehead uses his know how both on and off the pitch.

He was a more-than-capable stand-in skipper when Mark Hudson was out injured earlier in the season,

And he has proved a useful mentor to the younger members of the Town squad.

Whitehead has also proved to be versatile in terms of tactics.

He has shone under both Chris Powell and his successor David Wagner, who full-throttle system asks questions of midfielders which have certainly been answered.