Having been Sunderland since the age of eight, Tom is an old-school type defender who has risen through the Wearside club’s ranks extremely well. Having made nine appearances for the under-18's in 2012-13 and after breaking into the development squad in the final game of their campaign – a 2-2 draw against Fulham at Craven Cottage – Tom has become a regular face in the Black Cats under-21's.
Since then, Tom has trained with the first team and cemented his place in Andy Welsh’s under-21 side and even managed to weigh in with two goals during the 2015-16 season. Tom was also involved for the Mackems under-23's side in this seasons Checkatrade Trophy. Tom has signed a loan deal that will see him remain at Bury until the end of the current season.