Tom Edwards (footballer, born 1999)

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Tom Edwards
Personal information
Full name Thomas Adam Edwards [1]
Date of birth (1999-01-22) 22 January 1999 (age 24)
Place of birth Stafford, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) [2]
Position(s) Right-back
Team information
Current team
Huddersfield Town
(on loan from Stoke City)
Number 16
Youth career
2007–2010 Stafford Town
2010–2017 Stoke City
Senior career*
2017– Stoke City 46 (1)
2020–2021Fleetwood Town (loan) 11 (0)
2021New York Red Bulls (loan) 27 (0)
2022New York Red Bulls (loan) 20 (0)
2022–2023Barnsley (loan) 10 (0)
2023–Huddersfield Town (loan) 7 (0)
International career
2018–2019 England U20 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 25 October 2023 (UTC)

Thomas Adam Edwards (born 22 January 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a right-back for Huddersfield Town on loan from Stoke City.


Early life

Edwards was born in Stafford and attended Blessed William Howard Catholic School. [3] Edwards completed his final GCSE year at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy in Blurton due to its links with the Stoke City Academy. [4]


Stoke City

Edwards joined Stoke City's academy at the age of 11 from Stafford Town and progressed through the ranks to win the under-18 player of the year twice. He became involved in first team duties in 2017–18 and signed a four-year contract with the club in September 2017. [5] Edwards made his Premier League debut on 14 October 2017 against Manchester City and he provided the cross for Stoke's second goal but was stretchered off after picking up an ankle injury. [6] [7] Edwards made his home debut on 23 December 2017 against West Bromwich Albion where he was named as man of the match in a 3–1 victory. [8] He signed another improved four-year contract with Stoke in February 2018. [9] Edwards featured seven times for Stoke under Mark Hughes but didn't feature in the second half of the campaign under Paul Lambert as Stoke suffered relegation to the EFL Championship. [10]

Edwards became a regular member of the team in 2018–19 playing 29 times as Stoke ultimately had a forgettable campaign, finishing in 16th place. [11] Edwards was one of Stoke's better performers during the season and earned the praise of manager Nathan Jones. [12] Edwards scored his first goal for Stoke on 22 April 2019 in a 2–2 draw against Norwich City. [13]

Edwards signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Stoke in October 2019. [14] Edwards competed with Tommy Smith for the right-back position at Stoke in 2019–20 and whilst he featured 15 times in the first half of the campaign, manager Michael O'Neill went with Smith until the end of the season. [15]

Fleetwood Town (loan)

In October 2020 Edwards joined EFL League One side Fleetwood Town on loan for the 2020–21 season. [16] Edwards played 12 times for Fleetwood before he was recalled by Stoke in January 2021. [17]

New York Red Bulls (loan)

On 27 January 2021, it was announced that Edwards had joined Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls on loan for the 2021 season. [18] Edwards made 28 appearances for the team as they finished in 7th position in the Eastern Conference, qualifying for the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs where they were defeated 1–0 by Philadelphia Union in the First round. [19] He returned to Stoke in January 2022 but did not get back into the squad after picking up a injury. [20] On 17 February 2022, Edwards returned to New York Red Bulls for the 2022 season. [21]

Barnsley (loan)

On 1 September 2022, Edwards returned to England and signed for League One side Barnsley for the 2022–23 season. [22] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 defeat to Port Vale in the Round of 32 of the EFL Trophy. [23] Edwards suffered a serious knee injury in January 2023 and his loan spell was cut short. [24]

Huddersfield Town (loan)

In July 2023, Edwards joined Huddersfield Town on loan for the 2023–24 season. [25]

International career

Edwards was called up to the England U20 side by Paul Simpson in September 2018 and went on to play in three Under 20 Elite League matches. [26]

Career statistics

As of match played 8 January 2023 [27]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
Stoke City U21 2016–17 [28] 2 [lower-alpha 1] 020
2017–18 [29] 1 [lower-alpha 1] 010
Stoke City 2017–18 [29] Premier League 60100070
2018–19 [11] Championship 2711010291
2019–20 [30] Championship1301010150
2020–21 [31] Championship00000000
2021–22 [32] Championship00000000
2022–23 [33] Championship00000000
2023–24 [34] Championship00000000
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2020–21 [31] League One 1101000120
New York Red Bulls (loan) 2021 [32] Major League Soccer 270001 [lower-alpha 2] 0280
2022 [33] Major League Soccer2003000230
Barnsley (loan) 2022–23 [33] League One10030002 [lower-alpha 1] 1151
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2023–24 [34] Championship00000000
Career total114110020611322
  1. 1 2 3 Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. Appearances in 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs

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