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Michael Ihiekwe

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

20/11/1992

Height

185 cm

Signed

01/07/2022

Country

England

The Owls secured the transfer of highly-rated centre half Michael Ihiekwe in symmer 2022.

Ihiekwe was a mainstay at the heart of the defence as the Millers secured automatic promotion from League One last season, lifting the Papa John’s Trophy along the way.

The 29-year-old began his career with the Liverpool academy before moving to the Midlands to join Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After a fruitful loan spell with Cheltenham Town, it was with Tranmere Rovers in 2016/17 when he truly made a name for himself, proving a vital component at the back as the Wirrall side reached the National League play-off final.

Ihiekwe switched to Rotherham the same summer and, incorporating another successful loan with Accrington Stanley, became a big hit at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, posting 184 appearances overall and chipping in with 14 goals.

The versatile stopper - comfortable across the heart of defence - also won promotion to the second tier with the Millers in 2017/18 and 2019/20 and played 52 games in all competitions in 2021/22.

To cap an outstanding season, he was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year this summer, as voted for by his peers.

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