Tom Field Fights Way Back To New Cavalry Contract
We had reported that free agent full-back Tom Field would be fighting for a Canadian Premier League return this season, and the 26-year-old has won the battle.
Today saw the confirmation that Tom has re-signed with Cavalry FC, where the last two seasons prior to the expiry of his contract saw a trio of injury spells limit his influence to 12 appearances.
“We use the word character a lot around our club and Tom optimizes exactly that,” said Tommy Wheeldon Jr. during the announcement.
“Tom has had a tough couple of years and setbacks with injuries and he’s shown incredible resolve to return to fitness and find his love for the game again. He’s a very intelligent defender that reads the game very well, has an excellent passing range and gives us great depth on the left-side.”
The Brentford academy product had been picked up by the Alberta-based club ahead of the 2021 CPL season, making four appearances before a hip flexor injury saw him miss about three months of action. He returned for the tail end of the regular season, making twelve appearances in all before another injury struck last year, cutting his 2022 CPL season short right when preseason was wrapping.
Cavalry had liked him as a player, but at this point he had accrued little gametime after occupying an international slot for two seasons. He understood where they were coming from when the cut him loose in November.
“I don’t want to say I’m unlucky or anything, I’m not making excuses – the last three-and-a-half years have been the toughest of my life,” he told us in an earlier interview. “Trying to get back into fitness, working with the sport scientists constantly, it’s like a never ending circle and I just want to get out of that. I want to prove to everyone how good of a player I really am, because I think I’ve got a lot to offer in the CPL, if not higher.”
The full-back declined offers that came in from his native England, stating that there was unfinished business for him in Canada.
Having trained with a CPL side in preseason, he stuck around his former club to feature in League1 Alberta with the Calgary Foothills, captaining the team and ultimately hoisting the inaugural season trophy – and perhaps more importantly, proving he can stay healthy while doing so.
Having made 17 appearances in the English Championship while also experiencing life in League One, League Two, and the Scottish Championship, a healthy Tom Field can easily be seen as great addition for Cavalry, who already added striker William Akio and Mael Henry this summer.
With Jose Escalante having exited in bizarre fashion, Field now arrives as crucial left-back depth for a club that looks set for playoffs.
Tom Field’s contract with Cavalry runs to the end of the season with a club option for 2024.