Ibrahim recently picked up a shoulder injury ruling him out for the rest of the season. 

Dartford are currently placed seventh in the National League South, two points off of a playoff place.

Deren Ibrahim’s season has been cut short due to an injury.

The young goalkeeper has worked his way up through the Dartford Youth setup to secure his position in the first team at Princes Park.

Ibrahim spent time out on loan at a number of clubs including Maidstone United, Leatherhead and Maltese side, Luxol St Andrews.

During his time with Leatherhead on loan, the goalkeeper helped guide the side to promotion into the Ryman Premier Division.

With ambitions to go into coaching, Ibrahim currently holds a UEFA B coaching badge which has allowed him to help develop young talent in the Dartford Academy he graduated from.

Charlie Russell speaks to the talented goalkeeper about his injury, and his time in Malta as well as Dartford’s promotion chances.

Deren Ibrahim

Your season has been cut short due to a shoulder injury. How devastating is this?

It’s upsetting from a personal point of view because as a player you want to play every game possible, however the club are in a fantastic position at this moment in time and hopefully with a few more wins we can secure a play off spot.

Is it less of a disappointment as you are heading towards the end of the season?

There’s never a good time to get injured, however the only plus point is I’ll have all of the summer to regain my fitness and get back to the best possible shape.

Dartford are currently two points away from fifth place in the National League South. How do you feel about the side’s play off chances?

I’ve got every confidence that Dartford can secure the final play off spot, with the quality we have in our side this is a real chance.

What would promotion mean for the club?

Promotion would be fantastic but it would be tough financially, however the club will stick to its guns and try and be competitive as ever in the National Premier. 

Dartford FC

You have a number of league rivals such as Maidenhead United. How has the manager prepared the team ahead of the remaining fixtures?

Just like any normal game. Every game we set out for we want three points, if you’re playing top of the league or bottom of the league the outcome should be the same, three points.

Regarding your injury, when do you see yourself coming back to the first team in full fitness?

Hopefully once I have had my MRI then I’ll get a date in mind and have that as a target.

In September 2015, you claimed you wanted to be Dartford manager in the future. Do you still stick by this?

One day, once my career is over, hopefully in 10-15 years time I would like the opportunity to manage this great club but no time soon haha!

Deren Ibrahim

If there is not a vacancy as manager when you retire would you consider a role as the club’s goalkeeper coach?

I would be willing to do any role within Dartford Football Club. 

What’s next as you work towards a career in coaching?

I currently have my UEFA B coaching badge and hopefully within the next year I’ll look at working towards my UEFA A.

Tony Burman has been Dartford manager since 2005. Is he someone you can go to for advice with coaching?

Tony has been fantastic for me. Any questions I have, I can go and talk to him and he will give me the best feedback possible.

You are one of the most respected goalkeepers in Non-League, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully playing at the highest level I can whilst continuing to help young goalkeepers develop


You spent time in Malta at Luxol St Andrews. How did you find Maltese football?

I love Malta. The football was technically very good and I was very impressed with the standard over there.


 Would you ever return to Malta as either a player or a coach?

I return to Malta every year for two weeks for a holiday and to see friends so never say never!

 It’s a country with some very talented footballers and if an opportunity in the future came about to go and coach it would be something I would consider.

You have had a number of loan spells during your career. How do these help aid a player’s development?

Every youngster needs to play as many games as possible. It’s crucial for your development. Going out on loan was excellent for me, it was good because I managed to secure two promotions in my time away from Dartford.

Finally, if the club fail to get promoted this year, how will you prepare differently next season?

If the club doesn’t get promoted, we will regroup and we will attack the Conference South again with an aim of getting promotion.

Deren Ibrahim has impressed for Dartford this season




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