Bristol Rovers are delighted to announce the arrival of defender Tom Davies, from Coventry City. The deal will officially go through on July 1st and will be subject to EFL and FA approval.
The 27-year leaves Coventry after two seasons with the club and was part of the side that earned promotion to League One in 2018 via the Play-Offs, alongside current Rovers forward Jonson Clarke-Harris.
During his time at the Ricoh Arena, Davies made precisely 50 appearances and was part of the defence that kept a clean sheet against Rovers and the in-form Clarke-Harris back in April.Prior to his stay in the Midlands, the centre-half was a key figure in the Accrington Stanley side that reached the League Two Play-Off semi-finals in 2016; so much so that he earned himself a move to title-hopefuls Portsmouth the following campaign.
This time Davies was able to go the distance, as he and Pompey finished top of League Two to earn automatic promotion back to the third tier.
The defender was part of the youth set up at Manchester United in the early 2000s and prior to his Football League breakthrough in 2015, spent a couple of years getting a taste of the senior game in non-league, representing FC United of Manchester, Alfreton Town, Lincoln City and Southport.
Manager Graham Coughlan said, "We are really pleased to add Tom to the squad, everyone has been working hard to get it over the line and it's great he's chosen to join the project here. "Tom is a recognised Football League central defender, who will add a lot of solidity and quality in the heart of the back four. "He really impressed me when we played Coventry away at the Ricoh Arena in April, he kept a clean sheet against us and since that game, has been on our radar. "At 27-years old he offers a good level of maturity, but physically is in his prime and we hope he will enjoy his best years here at Rovers."
Footnote: Remarkably played against Rovers for three different clubs in the Conference in the same season. Alfreton, Southport & Lincoln City !
Career: 2001 Manchester United; 2005 Blackburn Rovers; 2009 Warrington Town; 2010 Runcorn Town; 2011 Team Northumbria;2013 FC United of Manchester (free); 11.3.14 Fleetwood Town (free); 26.3.14 FC United of Manchester (loan); 17.10.14 Alfreton Town (loan); 2.2.15 Lincoln City (loan); 5.3.15 Southport (loan); 27.5.15 Accrington Stanley (free) [31+1,1]; 1.8.16 Portsmouth (free)[10+3,0]; 31.8.17 Coventry City (free) [34+10,0]; 1.7.19 Bristol Rovers (free).
In six games against Rovers prior to his signing, central defender Tom Davies had incredibly represented six different sides. During Rovers’ 2014-15 Conference season he had played on loan for Alfreton, Lincoln City and Southport against The Gas; he was in the Accrington Stanley side which won 1-0 at The Mem in September 2015, represented Pompey in a Football League Trophy match in November 2016 and was in Coventry’s team which drew 0-0 with Rovers in April 2019. “Tom will add a lot of solidity and quality in the heart of the back four”, suggested manager Graham Coughlan on his signing, With Team Northumbria, alongside completing his University degree, Davies had helped secure a Northern Football League and Cup double and he scored twice in a 4-4 draw with Newcastle United reserves at St James’ Park in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final of 2012. He added fifty games and five goals with FC United of Manchester, was red carded in an FA Cup tie against Chorley, nine Conference matches for relegated Alfreton, 8(+1) with Southport and just a brief substitute appearance for Lincoln City against Rovers in the spring of 2015. A League bow came with Accrington in their 1-1 draw with Luton Town in August 2015 and he scored his only League goal three months later, three minutes after half-time of a 3-2 home victory over Cambridge United, knocked home from close range after goalkeeper Chris Dunn had dropped Sean McConville’s corner. He was sent off six minutes from time as they secured a 2-1 victory at Oxford United in February 2016. Helping Coventry to the play-offs of League Two in 2017-18, although missing the final, Davies was to play for the Sky Blues in their 6-1 win at Cheltenham in April 2018 and their extraordinary 5-4 away victory at Sunderland's Stadium of Light twelve months later.
Many thanks to Stephen Byrne for most of this info.
Hope we find a goalie that will come and take crosses!
Watch the video and you will see that he certainly does that. When he comes for a cross he takes everything out as well. Defenders beware! No lack of confidence it appears but it is only 6 minutes and people pick what to put in those videos don’t they? So not sure how representative of him it is. UTG!