Tom James (Welsh footballer)

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Tom James
Thomas James 2014.jpg
James playing for Cardiff City in 2014
Personal information
Full name Thomas Lynn James [1]
Date of birth (1996-04-15) 15 April 1996 (age 27)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) [2]
Position(s) Defender
Team information
Current team
Leyton Orient
Number 2
Youth career
2004–2013 Cardiff City
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2013–2017 Cardiff City 1 (0)
2017–2019 Yeovil Town 78 (6)
2019–2021 Hibernian 6 (0)
2020–2021Wigan Athletic (loan) 20 (3)
2021Salford City (loan) 4 (0)
2021– Leyton Orient 93 (8)
International career
2014 Wales U19 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 25 February 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 13:01, 27 July 2019 (UTC)

Thomas Lynn James (born 15 April 1996) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a defender for EFL League One club Leyton Orient. James has previously played for Cardiff City, Yeovil Town, Hibernian, Wigan Athletic and Salford City.

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Early life

James grew up in Taff's Well, attending Gwaelod-y-Garth Primary School and Ysgol Gyfun Garth Olwg, Pontypridd. [3] He was playing for Pentyrch Rangers when talent-spotted by Cardiff City.

Club career

James joined Cardiff City at under-9 level and signed his first professional contract with the club in April 2014. [4] James made his professional debut for Cardiff against Chelsea on 11 May 2014, coming on as an 89th minute substitute for Fraizer Campbell in a 2–1 home loss. [5]

On 13 January 2017, James signed for League Two side Yeovil Town on a contract until the end of the 2016–17 season, after his contract with Cardiff was cancelled by mutual consent. [6] In January 2018 James signed a contract extension with Yeovil Town until the end of the 2018–19 season. [7] On 1 August 2018, Yeovil accepted a bid of £400,000 from Championship side West Bromwich Albion for James. [8] The move fell through the following day after James failed to agree personal terms with the Championship club. [9]

James moved to Scottish Premiership club Hibernian in June 2019 for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract. [10] [11] He scored his first goal for Hibernian in a 2-0 Scottish League Cup win over Alloa Athletic on 20 July 2019. [12] On 17 September 2020, James moved on loan to Wigan Athletic until January 2021. [13] [14] He scored his first goal for Wigan in a 2-1 win away at Portsmouth on 26 September 2020. [15] On 18 January 2021, James moved on loan to Salford City until the end of the 2020–21 season. [16] He was cup-tied for Salford's victory in the 2020 EFL Trophy Final (played in March 2021). [17]

James left Hibernian permanently in July 2021 and signed a one-year contract with Leyton Orient. [18] In May 2022 he signed for a further two years at Orient. [19]

International career

At the end of May 2014, James was called up to the Wales under-19 team for their 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship elite round matches against Belgium, Portugal and Greece [20] James made his under-19 debut in a 3–2 defeat to Portugal. [21]

Career statistics

As of match played 24 February 2024
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Cardiff City 2013–14 [22] Premier League 10000010
2014–15 [23] Championship 00000000
2015–16 [24] Championship00000000
2016–17 [25] Championship00000000
Total10000010
Yeovil Town 2016–17 [25] League Two 2000001 [lower-alpha 1] 030
2017–18 [26] League Two38050107 [lower-alpha 1] 1511
2018–19 [27] League Two38610102 [lower-alpha 1] 1427
Total7866020102968
Hibernian 2019–20 [28] Scottish Premiership 601051121
2020–21 [29] Scottish Premiership00000000
Total601051121
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2020–21 [29] League One 20311003 [lower-alpha 1] 0244
Salford City (loan) 2020–21 [29] League Two4040
Leyton Orient 2021–22 [30] League Two21420102 [lower-alpha 1] 0264
2022–23 [31] League Two41410103 [lower-alpha 1] 1465
2023–24 [32] League One31020102 [lower-alpha 1] 0360
Total9385030711089
Career total2021713110120324522
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

Honours

Leyton Orient

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