Get to Know: Tom Edwards

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The New York Red Bulls’ new right-back, Tom Edwards, arrives in New York after playing for Stoke City and Fleetwood Town. At 22-years-old, he’s had experience in the Premier League, EFL Championship and EFL League One. 

After the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Edwards won Stoke City’s U-18 Player of the Year Award. 

In 2019, Tom Edwards was named Sir Stanley Matthews Stoke City Footballer of the Year and became the first homegrown Stoke footballer to achieve this award since its launch. That same year he became Stoke City’s 2018-19 Community Champion.

In 2020, Edwards was named as Stoke City’s PFA Community Champion for the 2019-20 season. During the first weeks of lockdown, he helped raise the spirits of staff and patients at the Royal Stoke Hospital.

“Yes, clearly, we have all seen how difficult the situation has been, particularly for those working in care who have gone a long time without seeing family or loved ones because they are in the thick of it all,” said Edwards. “One of my close friends and I came up with the idea that it was a tough time for people to get out and about, so we went to Longton Tesco and brought as many essentials as possible for the staff. We purchased many things such as hand creams, face masks and other products that will help them through these tough times.

“We also thought it was a good idea to buy hundreds of Easter eggs for the children at the hospital," he added. "It’s not easy being young and in hospital during normal times, so we wanted to make sure they woke up Easter morning with an egg because we didn’t want anybody to miss out.”

Edwards played 51 games for Stoke City and made 12 appearances for Fleetwood Town.