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Tom Clifford

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

02/09/1999

Signed

01/07/2010

Country

England

Dead-ball specialist Tom Clifford was handed his first professional contract with Southend in the summer of 2018 and made his professional debut as an 89th minute substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Oxford on Boxing Day in 2018.

The left-footer, who is best-suited to the full-back position but can appear in a more advanced role, was an integral member of the 2017/18 Central League Cup Southern Section winning squad, scoring the goal at Bristol Rovers that secured a semi-final penalty shoot-out success.

As well as doing well for the U23s, Clifford, who finished his youth team career at the club with nine goals from 63 appearances, impressed Academy Manager Ricky Duncan during a loan spell with Southern League Premier Division side Bishop’s Stortford.

He spent some time on loan at Concord Rangers during the 19/20 campaign before returning to Blues and getting his chance at first-team level in February 2020.

Clifford slotted in at left-back with ease which saw him earn the February Player of the Month award and he impressed enough to earn a regular place in the starting line-up before the season was curtailed.

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