|Date of Birth: |
|Place of birth:|
Newport County AFC
|2016 (on loan)|
Gloucester City AFC
|2018 (on loan)|
Truro City FC
|2019-2020 (on loan)|
Chippenham Town FC
Hello Tom – tell us a bit about yourself!
I was born in Bristol and kicked a football ever since I could walk. I signed for Bristol City at the age of 6 and was there for 7 years until the age of 14 where I was released for being too small and not physical enough. I enjoyed playing local football for 2 years until I was 16 when I signed as a scholar at Newport County. I had a great 5 years at Newport before eventually moving up to Scotland and signing with Falkirk, it was a great club but unfortunately it didn’t work out for me there and I signed with Hereford where I have been for the last 18 months!
Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?
When I was younger it was mainly Cristiano Ronaldo, although he has changed a bit as a player now I used to love how expressive he was on the football pitch and how he would try anything and play without fear.
What sort of midfielder are you ? Are you quick? Tall? A good passer? A goalscorer?
I’m a midfielder who likes to play with freedom and float around picking up little spaces and getting on the ball and driving with it. Whether that’s centrally or whether I’m playing wide and drifting inside I love having the ball at my feet, scoring goals and creating chances for others.
Tom, you are a product of the Newport County Academy. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the youth and the first team ?
There is a massive step up from youth team football to first team football. The difference in intensity and detail is massive. I was lucky enough to step up to the first team at Newport when they had a brilliant squad with some really good characters which I think set me in good stead for my career in the future.
You made your Football League debut for Newport County AFC in a League Two match versus York City FC. How did you experience these match ?
I only played 5 or so minutes on my debut but I should have scored with my first touch! It was a volley on my left foot which I could really sweetly but almost too sweet and hit it straight at the keeper. Luckily we won the game 2-0.
One month later in May 2015, you signed your first senior contract with Newport County AFC. How important was that moment for you ?
It was an amazing moment signing my first professional deal. After dreaming of it my whole life and coming back from setbacks it was a really special moment for me.
By Newport County AFC, you was loaned out to Gloucester City AFC and Truro City FC. How did you experience these periods?
My first loan to Gloucester was only 4 games but it helped me with my fitness and I scored a few goals and set up a few and when Graham Westley got the manager’s job at Newport he recalled me not long after. Truro was another really enjoyable loan and we had a great set of players down there, it was good to be playing 90 minutes every week and we managed to make the play offs. My loan at Truro is also how my move to Scotland came about.
In June 2018, you moved to Scottish Championship club Falkirk FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs and competitions?
It was a big difference for me at Falkirk in terms of set up. It’s a really big club. It was very professional and everything was done properly. I didn’t play many games up there but I wouldn’t say the standard was that different from league 2 / conference back in England.
What were your highs and lows during your football career?
My high in football was definitely scoring my first professional goal away at Exeter for Newport in a game we won 1-0 alongside staying up on the final day of the season. There has been a lot of lows along the way for me but I’ve learnt to believe that everything happens for a reason and that you never should get too high with the highs and too low with the lows. Hopefully there will be more highs to come in the future.
Tom, now you are playing for Hereford FC. What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Personally this year I’d like to finish the season with at least 10 goals and 10 assists. I managed to do that in my first season after missing the first 3/4 months and I was close to doing it last year even though it was probably my worst season to date. I’d also love to have a promotion on my CV and get the club back to where it belongs which is in a higher division that what we are currently in!