Mike Pearson

THE Wingmakers' director of football Andy Preece is delighted to have strengthened his defensive options with the signing of Wales Under-23 semi-professional international Michael Pearson from Barrow AFC.

"Mike is a young, quality and proven centre-back in the Conference Premier and won Barrow's players' player of the year award last season," he says.

"This a great indicator of what a top player we have again attracted to the club."

Bangor-born centre-back Pearson, 25, is a graduate of Oldham Athletic's youth set-up and made several appearances for the reserves before making his first-team debut against Millwall in a 2–1 loss on 17 February 2007.

But, despite signing a one-year contract extension to remain at Boundary Park, that proved to be Pearson's one and only appearance for the Latics and he was released in April 2008 after being loaned out to Farsley Celtic between October and December 2007.

Pearson played a series of trial games with Barrow AFC in summer 2008, before signing for the Conference National outfit before the start of the 2008/9 season.

After making his debut in a 3–0 victory over Oxford United, he sustained a double leg break in the FA Cup clash with Premier League side Middlesbrough and was ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Pearson recovered from the blow and went on to captain and make 151 appearances for the Cumbrian outfit.

He has represented Wales at all levels from Under-15 to Under-19 and, in March 2010, made his debut for the semi-pros against Portugal.