The Tamworth FC ace aiming to bring the good times back

Tom Tonks – picture: Tamworth FC

Tom Tonks says it’s time to ‘bring the good times back’ to Tamworth FC.

The former Stourbridge man joined the Lambs just before the pandemic struck and never had the chance to make his Lambs debut.

But the midfielder was given a new deal, taking him into the 2020-21 campaign.

And his ambitions are clear – promotion and moving the Lambs back to the highest echelons of non-league.

“It’s funny,” he said. “Apart from a pre-season friendly, I have never actually played against Tamworth.

“But it’s a well-known non-league club and I have heard about the good days.

“The aim is to bring those great days back if we can by climbing up the leagues.

“The potential of the club, the fan base and quality of squad, I can’t see why we can’t do that.

“The stadium is a proper non-league stadium and everybody wants to play in proper football grounds with a good number of fans.

“That’s an opportunity that Tamworth gives me.

“We’ve lost one or two from last year, as you would expect, but we have replaced them with quality as well.

“So, for me, it’s looking like another good season in prospect.

“And certainly, from a team point of view, the aim has to be promotion.

“That’s the be all and the end all of everyone’s ambitions here.”

On his own ambitions for the season ahead, Tonks added: “Personally, I just want to play as many games as possible and help the team.

“I don’t set individual goals of scoring this many goals or making this many assists.

“As long as I am making an influence on the game, that’s good enough for me.

“There’s competition in the middle of the park but you are going to play 50 games per season and you’ll pick up injuries and suspensions and stuff like that.

“We have good quality – it’s up to individuals to stake a claim, play well and stay in the team and something I back myself to do.”

Tonks added that he always planned to remain with the Lambs into the new season.

And he’s excited to work with the Lambs management team.

“It was always the case that regardless of what league we were in, the plan was for me to stay here for the next season,” he said.

“So when they asked me to stay it never crossed my mind to say no, really. The managers are great. I haven’t got a bad word to say about either of them.

“Andy is really intense, a great coach.

“Some people speak a good game but can’t back it up but Andy can.

“I’ve not been in a game situation with Smudger (Gary Smith) at the minute.

“But, in training, he’s a really great guy and a really good character so I’m looking forward to it.”

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