Salford City have completed the signing of defender Tom James on loan from Scottish side Hibernian. The right-back joins until the end of the 2020/21 season having spent the first half of the campaign at League One club Wigan Athletic.
Salford City Sign Tom James
We are delighted to announce the loan signing of right-back Tom James from Hibernian!
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What Was Said?
Speaking to the club website about James’ arrival, Salford manager Richie Wellens said: “Tom’s a very good footballer, composed, technically very good and that’s what I think he will bring to the team.
“I’ve been aware of him for three or four years now. I tried to sign him when he was leaving Yeovil but he agreed to join West Brom, that fell through but I kept tabs on his progress, he moved to Hibs and has been on loan at Wigan.
“We’ve brought him in as a right-back but we’re very aware that he can play as effectively on the left if required too. The two signings we’ve made – Robbie Gotts can play in three or four positions and Tom who’s played right-back, he covered at centre-back at the weekend – they can cover multiple positions which is something we’ve needed.”
A Welsh youth international, James came through the academy at Cardiff City and made his professional debut for the club on the final day of the 2013/14 season – a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea once the club’s relegation was already confirmed.
James completed a permanent move to Yeovil Town in 2017 and made just shy of 100 appearances for them in two-and-a-half seasons before moving north of the border to Hibernian.
He struggled for game time in Scotland and subsequently moved back to England on loan last year, joining Wigan, where he scored three times in 20 outings.