Tottenham Hotspur decided to let a number of players leave on free transfers at the end of last season, including some high-profile stars.
Both Michel Vorm and Fernando Llorente ended up leaving North London at the end of their respective contracts, although the Dutchman was later re-signed after Lloris suffered an elbow injury in October.
However, there was another name on the list of players released last season, a man who had been with Tottenham since 2014 but had never made a professional appearance.
Sydney-born Tom Glover was signed from Sutherland Sharks back in 2014, starting 16 games for the U18 side in that first season. While he progressed through the ranks, he never found his way past the U21 side.
Glover spent loan periods at Central Coast Mariners and Helsingborg, but only made four appearances for the former and none for the latter.
After being released by Spurs, Glover returned to his native Australia to link up with Melbourne City, where he has played three games this season (Wikipedia).
Glover reflected on his time at Spurs in an interview with FTBL: “I probably didn’t expect to be in that position at that age – at 17,18 I was full-time with the first team.
“So having them as your mentors and the likes of Harry Kane and that shooting at you – balls are flying in the back of the net.
“But when you go back to train with the under-23s, it feels a bit easier and you can see why they’re the world-class players.”
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