Former Premier League referee Mike Dean has been tipped to be a contestant on this year's I'm a celebrity get me out of here. 

The betting tips site OLGB predicts the 53-year-old has a 56% chance of appearing in this year's installment of the celebrity challenge show. 

According to the site Dean's recent retirement has caused a spike in predictions that he'll appear, with other guesses including Chris Kamara, Micheal Owen and Peter Crouch. 

The football legend has officiated 560 matches in his 22 year premiere league career and given out 114 red cards. 

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However, before hitting major success the Wirral native refereed in his free time alongside working at a chicken factory in Sandycroft, Deeside. 

In a recent interview with BBC sport Dean said: "I was up at half four and in work for 5am.

"I finished my shift at 2pm and then I'd get in the car, maybe drive to Carlisle to referee, then get home for 3am and then be back up at 5am for work.

"It was tough but I wouldn't change it. I've just loved football from forever."

Despite humble beginnings and controversial refereeing decisions, in February, Dean was named by Sportek as one of the most highly paid referees in the premiere league. 

This Premier League season he announced his upcoming retirement.  

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I'm a celebrity get me out of here has taken a different approach over the past two years shifting from its usual Austrailian location to filming from Gwrych Castle in Wales. 

However this year it is expected to return to the land down under for its 21st series. 

The show usually begins airing between November and December.