Mike became Latics’ first signing as a Premiership club when they acquired his services for a fee of £150,000 from Rotherham United on 30th June 2005. He played his first game for the club in a ‘behind closed doors’ friendly encounter against Elite 3000 during a Danish training camp on 20th July 2005. Latics won the game 5-0.
He made his Latics League debut on 14th August 2005 against Chelsea at the JJB Stadium, a game that Latics lost 1-0. He went on to make 23+1 Premiership appearances and he was a member of the team that contested Latics’ first ever major Cup Final. In fact, he was instrumental in the Blues reaching the Carling Cup Final when he saved a penalty in the Semi Final, second leg game against Arsenal at Highbury.
However, the arrival of Chris Kirkland prior to the start of the following season saw Mike sitting on the bench and manager Paul Jewell decided to loan him out to Ipswich Town on 15th November 2006. However, after making just one appearance for the Tractor Boys, a 3-1 home win against Norwich City, he was recalled to the JJB Stadium on 23rd November 2006 when John Filan picked up a groin injury during a training session the previous day.
On 11th January 2007 he was loaned to Championship neighbours Burnley, making four Championship appearances for the Clarets before playing the last two games of the Premiership season. He signed on at the JJB Stadium for a further year on 20th June 2007, however, he was to add just one more appearance during season 2007/08 before signing another one-year deal for season 2008/09 and then another one for seasons 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12.
As at the end of season last season he had played 31+5 Premier League games for the club. Speaking of his latest contract signing Mike quipped.
“There’s been one or two other clubs enquiring, but I wanted to stay and I’m more than happy to sign for another year.
“People ask when I’m thinking of stopping, but I feel fit and I want to keep playing.
“If I still feel as though I’ve got something to offer at 40 years of age, goodness knows what I’ll be like at 45 – people will start calling me Peter Pan!
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