Danny Burnell – @dannyburnell_92
Danny discusses new defender Ollie Tomlinson
A footballing career still in it’s infancy, and one which has barely strayed from the bright lights of Plymouth. Ollie joined Argyle in his early teens, and went onto represent the club right through the youth groups, before signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2020. Then manager Ryan Lowe presented the youngster with his first senior appearance, as he played the full 90 minutes in a 3-2 home loss to Norwich U23’s in the EFL Trophy. He joined Southern League Division 1 South side Barnstaple on a month’s youth loan, before returning to his parent club. His league debut would be a 22-minute cameo on the penultimate day of the season against Sunderland, quickly followed by a first senior league start away at Gillingham.
Entering the final year of his contract, he was an ever-present in Argyle’s EFL Trophy campaign, and started in the EFL Cup defeat at Swansea. With first team opportunities limited, Tomlinson joined Truro in a bid for game-time. Having joined in November, the defender extended his time in Cornwall until the end of the season. Schumacher deemed Tomlinson surplus to requirements, whilst GJ wasted no time in snapping him up.
POSITION – Defender
DATE OF BIRTH – 19th May 2002
HEIGHT – 1.85m
BIRTHPLACE – Ivybridge
PREVIOUS CLUBS – Plymouth, Barnstaple, Truro
STATS 21-22 (Plymouth Only) – EFL Trophy: Played 3, Goals 0, Yellow/Red Cards 1/0. EFL Cup; Played 1, 0 Goals, Yellow/Red Cards 0/0.
Ollie Tomlinson on the move to TUFC: “It’s a massive club and I think it’s a good place for me to move forward in my career and develop myself”.
Ollie on working with GJ: “There’s loads to learn from him, and he’ll really help me moving forward”
Most/Least Likely To
Most Likely To:
- Benefit from playing alongside the experienced Moxey. Will relish learning from the ex-Premier League defender.
- Have to fight for his spot. Crowe looks a nailed on starter at RB/RWB, Moxey + 2 of Omar, Marshall & Tomlinson to fill the central defensive slots seems most likely.
Least Likely To:
- Be a regular starter from the off.
- Get booed by the Argyle contingent next week.
A relatively risk-free investment from the TUFC management team. A local lad who presumably won’t have to re-locate. Still plenty of football left in his career for the 20 year-old, and TUFC could provide the catalyst to kick start his career. The fact he was involved in League One matches indicates he has something about him, and by all accounts, endeared himself to the Truro fans. No doubt he will be fighting for his place in the early exchanges of the season, but injuries to any of Crowe, Moxey, Omar or Marshall could pave the way for a real run in the team.