Speaking for the final time before embarking on the next chapter of his career with the Tigers, the 30-year-old defender picked out some of his favourite moments in a Spurs shirt and had a special message for our supporters...
Michael, tell us about the last 24 hours. It must have been quite an emotional day for you...
Yes, very emotional. I saw the lads at the Training Centre yesterday and everyone at the Club and it was emotional, there’s no hiding it. I’ve been at the Club for nine-and-a-half years and I’ve enjoyed it so much, so many happy times, met so many great people, made many, many friends. But you know, that’s football. I knew my opportunities were going to be limited this season and I’m someone who loves playing football. I had the chance to join Hull City and it’s a club I know very well through the family connection with my brother (Andy Dawson) playing there for so long. I also spoke to Jake (Livermore) and Tom (Huddlestone), they love it and Steve Bruce, someone who played in my position, who I watched when I was a young player. I’m 30 now but I want to go there and continue to improve.
Do you remember your first day at Spurs back in January, 2005?
Yes, of course. I was thinking about it today, walking into Spurs Lodge for the first time with Andy Reid. I just hope I can play as well at Hull as I did for Spurs, give as much to the club and try to get the fans to love me as much as the Spurs fans did, they were special to me.
How would you describe your nine-and-a-half years here?
In one word – amazing.
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for you at the Club, hasn’t it?
There were some ups and downs. All the matches we won, the Champions League, the League Cup we won, the League Cup Final we lost, the semi-final against Arsenal, my slip in the semi-final against Pompey, Manchester City in 2010 – those moments will live with me forever.
What was the one moment that sticks out as your favourite from your time here?
It has to be AC Milan, leading the team out at the San Siro in the Champions League. When I left a Championship team at Forest to play in the Premier League, I dreamt about playing with and against world-class players. I’ve achieved that at Spurs.
What would be your top five Spurs moments?
I’d go for the League Cup win, AC Milan home and away, the 5-1 win against Arsenal and scoring my first goal in the win against Chelsea. People will probably mention more now but that’s the five off the top of my head – not bad!
You played 324 times for us. How much does that mean on a personal level?
I take a lot of pride in that. I was only 21 when I made the move to Spurs and if someone would have said that to me then, I would have bitten their hand off!
Have you a message for the fans?
I don’t know where to start. They’ve been incredible to me. I’ve had some tough times in that nine-and-a-half years as well but they’ve always been there for me, so a massive thank-you to all of them.
Imagine yourself in 30 years’ time – what will you tell your grandchildren about your time at Spurs?
I would just talk about unbelievable memories, great times, great matches. I’ve made so many great friends along the way as well. I suppose players spending that amount of time at a Club doesn’t happen as often now but I can truly say I’ve loved every minute.