On New Year's Day 2005 the midfielder really introduced himself to the Spurs public with a terrific two-goal show in the 5-2 victory over Everton at the Lane. He went on to feature against Manchester United at Old Trafford before seeing regular bench duty as the season reached its conclusion.
At the beginning of this term he took the opportunity of heading off to Norwich City on a season-long loan, but an Achilles injury curtailed the experience and he is currently battling his way back to fitness at Spurs Lodge.
"To be honest I didn't really think about it," said Deano of the anniversary of his Everton exploits. "Obviously I am just frustrated at the moment with not being fit and just want to get back playing.
I thought it was going well and the injury came at a bad time for me
"It was a good year, I would like to have played a few more games after the Everton game but it didn't really work out as well as I hoped. Pre-season went okay and I was delighted to get the good loan move.
It is an injury that was predicted would keep the versatile midfielder out for the season, but Deano is targeting an ahead of schedule return.
"It is slowly coming along and feels good. I have been exercising on the bike in the gym and doing a lot of upper body work. Obviously you can't really do too much.
"It is moving along a bit quicker than I thought. Initially the season seemed to be pretty much written off, but I still hope to play some more football this season."
Dean Marney says his mind did not wander back to a year ago when he welcomed in 2006 - he was more concerned with the more pressing matter of getting fit.