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Derby County: They Played for Both Clubs: Dean Moxey

Well it was either him or Blessing Kaku...

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Bolton and Derby have shared some wonderful players in the recent past. Blessing Kaku... Tyrone Mears... Andy Oakes... the list is endless.

The most recent club legend to share the white shirt of the two teams is everybody's favourite player; Dean William Moxey.

Moxey was born in Exeter in 1986, he progressed through local team Exeter City's academy, making his debut in 2003 as a 17-year-old. He quickly became one of their key players and even managed to score a few goals, including when he lobbed someone (on the opposite team, thankfully) from 50 yards!

After 6 years at Exeter, taking them from the Conference to League One, it was time for him to move on. He joined Derby County for £300,000 in 2009, establishing himself at left-back. The arrival of Gareth Roberts though, saw Moxey drop to the bench and he was actually brought back into the team as an emergency striker! There are unconfirmed rumours (on Wikipedia) that he can also play as a goalkeeper, but this remains to be seen.

When Roberts got injured, Moxey came back into the team in his natural left-back position and caught the eye with his improved performaces which earned him a dream move to Dougie Freedman's Crystal Palace. Lucky boy! Moxey was a key member of the team that got Palace promoted to the Premier League with his marauding runs down the left flank and his rumoured "solid defensive play".

After three years at Palace, Dougie Freedman (who doesn't shop at his ex-clubs) shopped at his ex-club and brought him in on a free.

It's fair to say that his first few months at the Macron were nothing short of disastrous. His attacking play was laboured, his defending was horrific and he was soon dropped in favour of Tim Ream once Neil Lennon arrived. To be fair, his performances towards the back end of the season looked more encouraging and he seems to favour more of a wing-back role.

He's started most games in pre-season and with Tim Ream lacking match-fitness, he looks certain to start against his former employers tomorrow afternoon.