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Tom Glover returns from disappointing Australian loan spell

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Tom Glover returns from disappointing Australian loan spell

The Tottenham Hotspur youngster could not make a name for himself at Central Coast Mariners.

There’s been a lot of talk about the goalkeeper position at Tottenham Hotspur recently. Hugo Lloris has been in poor form whilst Michel Vorm is out of contract in the summer and failed to take his chance against Manchester United at the weekend. With that in mind, the young stoppers at Tottenham will be wanting to impress in the weeks and months to come.

One such goalie is Tom Glover. The 20-year-old Australian has been with Spurs since 2014 and is considered a hot prospect in the goalkeeping position.

Last summer the decision was made for Glover to gain some more first-team football experience by heading back Down Under. The 6ft 3ins stopper, therefore, signed a deal with A-League side Central Coast Mariners until the end of the season.

(during the round four A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and the Melbourne Victory at Central Coast Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Gosford, Australia.

This was supposed to be his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a star back in England. Unfortunately, the spell did not go as planned.

Glover has been sent back from Australia this week, as the Mariners season has come to an end. The Gosford based side failed to qualify for the end of season play-offs in Australia. In fact, they finished rock bottom of the league with just 20 points from 27 games.

(during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Leicester City U21 and Tottenham Hotspurs U21 at The King Power Stadium on March 18, 2016 in Leicester, England.

The Tottenham star did not have a good personal campaign either. He failed to make a name for himself at the Mariners, as he could not force his way into the starting XI.


Ben Kennedy, another summer arrival, played as the number one for most of the campaign. Glover played just four times in the A-League and, at times, found himself the third-choice stopper behind Kennedy and Adam Pearce.

Glover’s poor campaign with the Mariners will have been a great personal learning curve, but in regards to a future at Tottenham, it appears damning.

Glover signed a new deal with Spurs in 2015 but that contract expires in the summer. Given he could not find his way into the starting XI of the A-League’s worst team this season, it is highly unlikely Tottenham will see him as a future starter in North London.

It might be that Glover has to find a new team this summer.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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