He signed for Bolton Wanderers in 2011 - that's four years ago - and has made just 80 appearances for the club.
He cost £2.3m from Middlesbrough where he made his name as a tough tackling no-nonsense centre-half. He arrived at the club with high hopes but it's fair to say that his Bolton career has been somewhat underwhelming to date.
That said, against Preston North End on Saturday night, there was only one contender for the famous LOV Man of the Match award, and that man is Redcar's own David Wheater.
Strong in the tackle and dominant in the air against Joe Garner, Wheater showed fellow centre half Dorian Dervite just how it's done - with 'it' being reasonably competent defending.
He's paired with some right shite, more often than not, but Wheater has been a consistent presence in our side this season and despite our defensive woes has looked with each passing week more like the man we thought we had signed when we beat Everton to his signature back in 2011.
Well done Dave.