Experienced goalkeeper Steve was one of three New Year's Day signings made by John Ward and he made his debut that same day, just hours after meeting his new team mates for the first time.
Steve joined us on an emergency loan which was eventually extended until the end of the season.
Tall and agile, Mildenhall had previously played against Rovers in Swindon’s goalless draw in March 2001, in two League games and an FA Cup tie with Grimsby and in three League fixtures with Southend.
A teenage debutant for Swindon at Tranmere in January 1997, where he played up front as a second half substitute, Mildenhall was Player of the Year for the Robins before enjoying a long career at Notts County.
It was during this time that he scored from a free kick in the 4-3 League Cup victory at Mansfield in August 2001, an occurrence which was used on the 'What happened next?' clip on the BBC’s 'A Question of Sport'.
After a broken finger ended his spell at Oldham, he replaced Anthony Williams at Grimsby, where he was an ever present in a season which culminated in defeat to Cheltenham Town in the play off final at the Millennium Stadium.
Twelve months later, Mildenhall suffered the same agony again as, having defeated Nottingham Forest unexpectedly in the semi finals, Yeovil lost 2-0 to Blackpool at Wembley; he was, though, having joined along with John-Paul Kalala, another future Rovers player, the Glovers’ Player of the Year for 2006/07.
Man of the Match as under rated Southend drew 1-1 with Chelsea in an FA Cup tie at Stamford Bridge in January 2009, he later missed the 2010/11 season before making his Millwall debut at Southampton in August 2011.
Mildenhall's league career had taken in 336 league games prior to his arrival at the Memorial Stadium and he had embarked on a BA Honours course in professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting at Staffordshire University.
He enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club and was rewarded with a new, permanent deal in the summer of 2013.