Michael began his hockey career by progressing through the youth system in Billingham, where he impressed enough to earn selection for Great Britain U18’s at the World Junior Championships in 2006 – the team winning the gold medal.
In 2007 ‘Farny’ signed at the Swindon Wildcats where he played for two seasons under Pete Russell. He also saw his international experience continue, with selection for the GBU20 roster.
But after two seasons in Wiltshire, Michael decided the time was right and he moved to Milton Keynes to join fellow GB team-mate Lewis Christie, and has never looked back. And the Durham-born D-man wants to be part of the team that takes Lightning back to winning ways.
“I played for Pete in Swindon, so I knew what he would bring to the team – after speaking with him and the plans that he has for the team, I knew it was too good an offer to turn down. With the right work rate and attitude we should be challenging for every trophy next season. It’s about time we got this team back amongst the silverware!”
“I’m delighted to be able to keep him in Milton Keynes – he’d had other offers because he is a quality player. For me it was vital to keep Michael as he’s a big part of our plans and the future. He just loves this club and is excited to be back.
“Michael is a smooth defenceman who can carry the puck well, a good skater and has a decent skill set. He uses his stick very well and is solid in the 1 v 1 situation.
“I’ve coached Michael before in the EPL and when playing for the national team too – you know what you get from him and he’s very consistent in his performance. He is another important part of our group on and off the ice and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to work with him again.”