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Roarie Deacon signed for Havant and Waterlooville in May 2019 as part of a new and exciting squad which new manager Paul Doswell was looking to bring together.
Deacon joins the Hawks with a wealth of experience at the highest levels of the game both in England and Scotland.
He started his career at Arsenal, where he started off as a schoolboy before progressing through the academy. He signed professional terms with the Gunners back in 2010. After one season on a professional contract, he featured 16 times for the reserve side before being released in the following summer.
After leaving the Emirates he went to fellow Premier League side Sunderland in a bid to develop through the system at the Stadium of Light.
Despite making appearances for their reserve/U21 team, again he would not make a first team appearance for the North East outfit and would be released in 2013.
But, he would enjoy more success in his next move as he made the transfer to then League 1 outfit Stevenage with the view of breaking into the first team environment. He would spend 18 months at The Boro making 46 appearances and scoring a goal in the process.
He left Broadhall Way for Crawley Town back in the summer of 2015, where he spent the solitary season at the Checkatrade Stadium where he made 37 appearances, scoring five goals for the Red Devils.
After departing Crawley, he first linked up with Paul Doswell over at Sutton United in 2016 as the U’s looked to prepare for life in The National League. His first season would be one he and no-one else would forget.
Scoring seven times in 42 appearances across all competitions, he helped keep Sutton in The National League at the first time of asking, but that was just the tip of the Iceberg of the clubs achievements that season.
Deacon would turn out to be the star of Sutton United’s legendary FA Cup run which saw them get to the fifth round where they took on his former club Arsenal at Gander Green Lane.
A Man of the Match performance in their Fourth Round victory over Leeds United saw him into the FA Team of the Round for his exploits.
His performances in the cup that season saw him earn a move up to Scotland where he would link up with Neil McCann and Dundee.
He would spend 18 months at Dens Park, making 33 appearances and scoring one goal. During his time in the Scottish top flight he enjoyed regular trips to Celtic Park, Ibrox and the Pittodrie as he pitted his wits against some of the top sides in Scotland.
However, injury would make pay to his longer term future at Dundee and his contract was terminated with the club in early 2019.
Paul Doswell took the decision to re-sign him at Sutton United for the final four months of the 2018/19 season.
After the expiry of his contract at Sutton and with them not offering him a new deal, he signed for Havant and Waterlooville as we strive to make a quick return to The National League.