By Keith Brookman
The Cardiff born youngster was released by his hometown club after spending time on their books as a schoolboy and joined Rovers on a two year scholarship in the summer of 2011.
Tom was on the bench for the first team on a number of occasions in 2012/13, when still a second year scholar, and made his senior debut when going on as a late substitute in our 3-0 win at Fleetwood on 12th January 2013.
He ended the season with four substitute appearances to his name and signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2013.
A member of that season’s successful U-18 side, Tom made his first start for the club in the home game against Watford, in the Capital One Cup on 6th August 2013, and made his first league start against Scunthorpe United four days later.
He scored his first senior Rovers goal against Northampton on 31st August that year.
A successful first season as a professional saw him make 47 appearances in all competitions and his progress was such that he signed a new two year contract in March 2014.
His outstanding form in his first season in the pro ranks saw him win the Supporters Club Young Player of the Year Award.
Another starter in the Promotion Play Off Final at Wembley in 2015, Tom quickly became one of the most accomplished, and consistent defenders at the club.
Along the way, he has been capped by Wales at U-21 level and at full international level, winning his first senior cap in November 2017 when Wales drew 1-1 with Panama.
Always the first name on the teamsheet under Darrell Clarke, Tom also skippered the side under his former manager and continued to do so when Graham Coughlan took over as manager in December 2018.
By the end of the 2018/19 season, Tom had clocked up an impressive 255 league appearances for Rovers and another 29 in other competitions, scoring seven goals in the process (six in the league).
He decided to leave the club in the summer of 2019 in the hope of furthering his ambitions of playing at a higher club level and to gain a permanent place in the Welsh set up.
In July 2019 he signed for Championship side Charlton Athletic.
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