|Full name||Thomas Michael Aldred|
|Date of birth||11 September 1990|
|Place of birth||Bolton, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2009||→ Workington (loan)||10||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Stockport County (loan)||7||(0)|
|2011||→ Inverness Caledonian Thistle (loan)||4||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Torquay United (loan)||0||(0)|
|2012||→ Barrow (loan)||11||(0)|
|2015||→ Blackpool (loan)||0||(0)|
|2018||→ Motherwell (loan)||17||(1)|
|2018–2019||→ Motherwell (loan)||37||(3)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 May 2023|
Thomas Michael Aldred (born 11 September 1990) is a professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Brisbane Roar. He began his career with Carlisle United in the Football League before joining Watford in 2010 and Colchester United in 2011. He failed to make a first-team appearance for either club, but made loan appearances for Stockport County, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Barrow. Aldred joined Accrington Stanley in 2013 and then Blackpool two years later. He won promotion to League One with Blackpool in 2017 before joining Bury. In January 2018, he moved on loan to Motherwell, and then in August 2018, signed again on a season-long loan.
Born in Bolton, Greater Manchester,Aldred began his senior career with Carlisle United. He was captain of the Carlisle youth team and signed his first professional contract with the club in December 2008.
Aldred won the 2008–09 season League One Apprentice of the Year Award,before winning Carlisle's youth team Player of the Year award.
In August 2009, Aldred joined Workington on an initial month-long loanand earned rave reviews from the Conference North side's manager, Darren Edmondson, during a stay that was extended to the maximum three months following some excellent displays in the Cumbrian side's defence. He went on to make his first team debut for Carlisle as a late substitute in a 1–0 home win over Wycombe Wanderers on 12 December 2009.
In May 2010, following a promising campaign, Aldred was offered a one-year contract extension with Carlisle.However, he rejected the offer and left the club, having made five first-team appearances for Carlisle.
Aldred joined Championship club Watford on a two-year deal on 1 July 2010, with a compensation offer made to Carlisle.He felt that the move south would benefit his career.
Still yet to make an appearance for Watford, Aldred joined Stockport County on loan in November 2010 until January 2011.He made seven appearances for County.
On 21 June 2011, Aldred joined Scottish Premier League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle on a six-month loan deal.He made his debut in a 3–0 away defeat to Motherwell on 23 July, and made four appearances in total, his last a 2–0 defeat to Rangers where he conceded a penalty as his loan was cut short only one month into the spell.
On his return to Watford, Aldred was released from the club having not made a first team appearance on 31 August 2011.He later reflected his time at Watford, saying: "I made a mistake when I was 19. I broke into Carlisle United’s first team, played five or six games, did really, really well and probably did too well. You know what it’s like at that age, a young centre-half, people were looking at me with that kind of potential and Watford paid money for me. That was great at the time, but realistically, looking back now, I moved too soon and then as a knock-on effect, I kind of struggled to settle for like the next two years."
Colchester United manager John Ward signed Aldred on a two-year deal following his Watford release on 1 September 2011.Two months later, he was loaned to Torquay United from 24 November to 2 January as injury cover, although he failed to make an appearance for the Gulls.
Having failed to break into the Colchester first-team setup, Aldred joined Barrow on loan on 27 August 2012. He made his debut in a 2–0 defeat to Macclesfield Town.His loan was extended to the full 93 days allowed after he impressed during his initial month. Aldred completed his loan having made 13 appearances for Barrow.
After Colchester appointed Joe Dunne as manager, Aldred found himself further down the pecking order, and on 25 January 2013, the club announced that Aldred had been released from his contract.
Following his release from Colchester, Aldred signed a contract until the end of the 2012–13 season with Accrington Stanley on 31 January 2013.He signed a new two-year contract with the club on 18 June having started the final 12 games of the 2012–13 season.
Aldred signed for Championship side Blackpool on a 28-day emergency loan on 31 January 2015,before signing permanently two days later on a one-and-a-half-year contract. Aldred helped Blackpool win promotion to League One in 2017.
Aldred signed for Bury in July 2017.He moved on loan to Scottish Premiership club Motherwell in January 2018. He made his debut for Motherwell on 20 January 2018, in a 2–0 win against Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Cup.
Aldred returned to Motherwell in August 2018, in a second loan deal with Bury.On 29 December 2018, he scored twice as Motherwell won 2–1 away to Hamilton Academical in the Lanarkshire derby.
On 25 June 2019, Aldred signed for A-League club Brisbane Roar on a one-year deal.Ahead of the 2019–20 season, he was named club captain. Aldred's first goal for Brisbane Roar came against Adelaide United in February 2020. This goal came in the 74th minute and was the eventual winner in a 2–1 home victory.
Aldred represented Scotland at under-19 level.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Carlisle United||2008–09||League One||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Workington (loan)||2009–10||Conference North||10||1||2||0||—||1||0||13||1|
|Stockport County (loan)||2010–11||League Two||7||0||—||—||—||7||0|
|Inverness Caledonian Thistle (loan)||2011–12||Scottish Premier League||4||0||—||—||—||4||0|
|Colchester United||2011–12||League One||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Torquay United (loan)||2011–12||League Two||0||0||0||0||—||—||0||0|
|Barrow (loan)||2012–13||Conference Premier||11||0||1||0||—||1||0||13||0|
|Accrington Stanley||2012–13||League Two||13||0||—||—||—||13||0|
|Motherwell (loan)||2017–18||Scottish Premiership||17||1||5||0||—||—||22||1|
|Motherwell (loan)||2018–19||Scottish Premiership||37||3||1||0||2||0||—||40||3|
In October 2023, Aldred said he announced his intentions to apply for an Australian citizenship, having settled in the country for four years.
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