Bolton-born Tom began his career as a scholar with Carlisle United, progressing through the ranks as Captain of the Cumbrians Youth team before signing his first pro deal with the club in December 2008. He was named as the Football League’s “Apprentice of the Year” for League One in 2009 as well as “Youth team Player of the Year”.
He moved to Workington, on loan, in August 2009 and stayed for three months earning high praise from many during his brief time there. He returned to Carlisle and made his first team debut soon after, but soon found himself on the move after rejecting a new deal at Brunton Park. Tom also represented Scotland at under-19 level during this time.
Aldred joined the then Championship side Watford in July 2010 though, despite two loan spells away from Vicarage Road, he would leave them without making a League appearance before joining Colchester United. His stay in the South of England, however, proved to be an unsuccessful one and he returned to his native North West joining Accrington Stanley at the end of the January transfer window in 2013. He would go on to make 94 appearances for Stanley before returning to the Championship with Blackpool, where he would make 75 appearances and finished last season as the Seasiders “Player of the Season”.
Tom was offered a new deal by Blackpool at the end of last season but he has elected to accept the Shakers offer by signing a two-year deal with the club.
Speaking of his new signing, manager Lee Clark said:
“Tom comes to join us with a determination to defend. He’s strong, physical and a leader and a great communicator both on and off the pitch. We’ve brought in five or six of those. We have a dressing room full of leaders. We have a dressing room that doesn’t need policing by me or my staff.
“He is an aggressive, strong, physical young man and a no nonsense defender who can play when he is given time. He understands what the role is about when defending. The big challenge for me now is to add him alongside Eoghan O’Connell, Adam Thompson and Nathan Cameron.
“We felt it was necessary to add him to the group. Nathan is doing terrific and working hard but he has that injury situation that is ongoing. We felt that if at any stage, he had some sort of setback then we would leave ourselves short, especially if Adam Thompson is away on international duty. We don’t want to leave ourselves short should anything happen.
“We’ve been working this deal for a long time and Tom was one of the first players that we spoke to. Obviously, I know him because I took him to Blackpool, he’s won Player of the Year there twice. He’s a winner, he ticks the box in that he has won promotion. There were other clubs interested in him and we are delighted that he is with us.”
Everyone at Bury Football Club would like to welcome Tom to Gigg Lane and we all hope his stay at Gigg Lane will be a successful one.