Tom Thorpe has played all age groups for the England National team and was a Manchester United captain for the reserve side.
Two-time ISL Champions, ATK announced the signing of former Manchester United academy graduate Thomas Joseph Thorpe better known as “Tom” for the upcoming season of Indian Super League 2017. The 24-year-old defender will be joining the red and white brigade to bolster the defense.
Thorpe has represented the England National team at all levels from under 16 to under 21, winning 2010 UEFA European Under 17 Championship. His performance helped Manchester United to earn the best defensive record in the team, which attracted the attention of Birmingham City got him to sign the loan deal. He has last played for Bolton before signing for ATK in India.
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“We welcome Tom to our ATK family. We all are happy to have him in the team. He is an asset which will strengthen our team’s defense.”
– Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Principal Owner, ATK
“It is a fantastic opportunity which has come my way. ATK is popular among football fans globally. I will learn a lot under Teddy’s leadership. Will play to win but I am sure my stint in ATK will have a remarkable impression on my career path. Above all I would like to thank the management for choosing me to be a part of this squad.”
– Tom Thorpe, ATK
On 25 September 2014, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal confirmed in his weekly press conference that youngsters would be drafted into the first team to help ease the club’s injury crisis at the centre back position. Ahead of a Premier League match against West Ham United at Old Trafford two days later, Thorpe and Paddy McNair were named in the squad, with McNair starting the game and Thorpe on the bench; he came on as a substitute for Angel Di Maria in injury time at the end of the game to make his top-flight debut.