Four leave Dens

Manager Paul Hartley has today confirmed that a further four players have left the club.

Sean Bonnett-Johnson, Declan Gallagher, Stephen Hughes and Matt Lockwood have departed Dens Park following the end of their current contracts.

Both Sean and Stephen joined the club in January. Stephen played once for the club, away to Falkirk, before returning to East Fife on loan until the end of the season. Sean featured in numerous match day squads but didn’t make a first team appearance.

After joining from Jim Duffy’s Clyde at the beginning of the 2012/13 SPL season, Declan Gallagher broke into the first team and soon made one of positions in central defence his own. A regular in the side, he scored his one and only goal of his first season at Dens in a 5-1 Scottish Cup win over Morton.
Declan was an ever present in the clubs Championship title win during his second season at Dens Park. He completed the remarkable feat of playing every minute for the club during last season, scoring four goals during the historic league winning campaign.

Matt spent four seasons with the club – his first saw him play a huge role as part of the Dee-Fiant side who against the odds kept the club in the 1st division.

The experienced English defender burst onto the scene at Dens with a string of impressive displays which quickly turned a short term deal into a season long one. His first season was both one of the toughest and inspiring of the clubs history. Only a few months after arriving at the club, Dundee went into administration. Matt being one of the more experienced players was asked to take on the role of assistant to Barry Smith and played his part hugely on and off the park as Dundee went on a 23 match unbeaten run then secured their 1st division status despite a 25 point deduction. Matt chipping in with some vital goals from the penalty spot along the way, scoring five out of five in his first season.

He helped Dundee to a 2nd place finish the following season, netting four times as a regular in the team. The runners up spot was enough to see Dundee handed promotion to the SPL due to Rangers being placed in the 3rd tier. Matt featured a number of times in the top flight, eventually finding himself reinvented in a sweeper role, he helped the club to a string of impressive results at the tail end of the season.

Matt played 20 times last season and played his own part in securing the club’s SPFL Championship title.

The club would like to thank all four players for their efforts whilst in the Dark Blue of Dundee and wish them all the best for the future.