Thwaite playing for Gold Coast United in 2010
|Full name||Michael Errol Thwaite|
|Date of birth||2 May 1983|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Australia|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Back / Defensive Midfielder|
|2008–2009||→ Melbourne Victory (loan)||16||(0)|
|2009–2012||Gold Coast United||82||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.
Michael was raised in Cairns and played all his junior football at Saints Soccer Club. His amateur senior career began at merged club Edge Hill-Saints before moving south to Sydney University in the New South Wales Winter Super League on a Warwick Segal university scholarship. He then spent two seasons playing professionally for Marconi Stallions (2002–2004) in the now defunct NSL, before heading to Romania. He was then signed to Wisła Kraków on a Bosman transfer from FC Naţional Bucureşti in Romania's Divizia A.
On 28 January 2008 he signed for SK Brann and was loaned to the Melbourne Victory on 19 June 2008. On 26 July 2008 he scored his first goal for the Victory in a pre-season cup game against Perth Glory, to guide the Victory to a 1–0 win in Perth.
On 1 February 2011 he scored his first goal in his professional career for Gold Coast United against his former club Melbourne Victory at Aurora Stadium in Tasmania. The game finished 1–1.
Michael played for Perth Glory for the 2012 – 2013 A-League season onwards after Gold Coast United folded at the end of the 2011–12 A-League season and was selected as part of the PFA team of the year. He also featured in the All Stars match verses Juventus after the 2013–14 A-League. He played every single minute of the 2014–15 A-League season.
Thwaite was part of the Australian under-20s team in the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the UAE. He was also involved with the 2004 Olympics qualifying team, but did not make the final squad for the tournament proper. He made his international debut on 9 October 2005 in a 5–0 win in a friendly match held in London against Jamaica. He was a squad member of the Australian national team in their historic World Cup qualifying tie against Uruguay, but did not play, as head coach Guus Hiddink preferred the more experienced Tony Popovic and Tony Vidmar in the starting lineup. Thwaite was also a member of the Australian national team that qualified for the 2014 World Cup.
With Melbourne Victory:
- Gold Coast United Player's Player of the Year: 2009–2010
- Gold Coast United Member's Player of the Year: 2009–2010
- Gold Coast United Player of the Year: 2010–2011
- Perth Glory Most Glorious Player: 2013–14 Perth Glory FC season
- 2014 A-League All Stars Game
He has a Bachelor of Human Movement Science degree from CQUniversity Australia. Michael also is a certified AFC B-License coach.