Dean Terlich was rookie-listed by the Sydney Swans for the 2008 season. In 2007 he had represented the NSW/ACT Rams in the AFL Under 18 championships.
Delisted by Sydney at the end of the year, he transferred to Norwood and made his SANFL debut in the opening round of 2009 - thus following in the footsteps of former Swans players Matt Davis, Stephen Doyle, Simon Phillips and Sam Rowe who had all moved to The Parade the previous year.
A quick, medium sized forward/defender, with a long kick and strong attack on the ball, Terlich played 16 games (20 goals) in his first season at The Parade. The following season he played 17 games (19 goals), and played in the Grand Final loss against Central District. In 2011 he made another 20 league appearances and reached the 50 game milestone.
Terlich had an outstanding season in 2012. He chalked up another 19 games, was runner-up in the best and fairest and playing as a defender, was awarded the Jack Oatey Medal for his best on ground performance in the Grand Final - Norwood defeating West Adelaide 12.7 to 3.12 at Football Park.
The Melbourne Football Club drafted Terlich at the end of the year, and he made his AFL debut in round 2, 2013. He had a very good season playing in defence and finished third in Melbourne's best and fairest (20 games). He played another 15 games the following year, but was eventually delisted in 2016 after spending two years with the Casey Scorpions in the VFL.
Terlich returned to The Parade for the 2017 season and played another 14 games.
In 2018 he was captain-coach of the Tanunda Football Club (Barossa Light and Gawler Football Association) and was named playing coach of Uraidla Districts (Hills Football League) at the end of the 2020 season.
R Cialini November 2020