Dean Whitehead became Town’s first signing of the 2015 summer transfer window when he joined on a two year contract in June.
The central midfielder, who can also play at right back, was a free agent having left fellow Sky Bet Championship Middlesbrough at the conclusion of the 2014/15 season.
Whitehead has played over 550 games during a 16 year playing career, with over 420 coming in the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship.
He made 21 appearances as Boro reached the Play-Off Final last season, starting at Wembley against Norwich City at right back.
Oxfordshire-born Whitehead started his career at Oxford United in 1999, making his professional debut in the Football League Trophy. He quickly established himself in the team and made 136 appearances for the Club, being voted Players’ Player of the Year as Oxford finished one place outside the Division Three Play-Offs in 2003/04.
He turned down a new contract at the conclusion of that season and subsequently joined Sunderland via tribunal. He immediately became a key player in the team, being named Players’ Player of the Year as the Black Cats gained promotion to the Premier League in his first season.
Dean regularly captained the Sunderland side that gained promotion back to the Premier League once again – this time as champions – in 2007, when he was named in the PFA’s Championship Team of the Year.
After 200 appearances, Dean moved to fellow Premier League side Stoke City for an initial £3 million in July 2009. Whitehead played regularly under Tony Pulis in both the Premier League and Europa League as the Potters finished runners-up in in the 2011 FA Cup Final.
In 2013 he moved to Championship Middlesbrough where he spent two seasons, making 38 appearances in 2013/14 and then 25 last season, including both Play-Off semi-finals and the Wembley final after Boro finished third in the Championship.
Dean is sponsored by Strikes.