By Russell Edge
Tottenham goalkeeper Tom Glover has returned to Australia for a year-long loan spell with Central Coast Mariners.
Spurs confirmed the temporary departure of the 19-year-old shot stopper via their official Twitter account:
Tom Glover has joined Australian side Central Coast Mariners on loan until the end of the A-League season. Good luck, Tom! pic.twitter.com/bF0MbggxHw
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 25, 2017
The hot prospect, who was born in Sydney, has appeared for both the Under-18 and the Under-23 squad during his time in North London, but it appears the club are hoping to secure him some first team football.
Yet to make a senior appearance for Tottenham, he turned out 11 times in the Premier League 2, the top flight Under-23 league, last season, taking his total reserve appearances to 24, conceding 52 goals and keeping two clean sheets.
He also has 6 international caps at Under-20 level for Australia, with another appearance for the Under-23s.
Football Insider verdict
Letting Glover return home to Australia seems like a sensible move from Spurs. It is an awfully long way away from familiar surroundings, and being back where he was born will help him settle as he looks to secure first team action. As such, Tottenham will be hoping that the loan spell aids his development as well as allowing him to refocus. However, there is always the possibility that allowing him a year at home will see him distracted when he returns to North London, with homesickness a real possibility. Still, the club obviously see the player’s current happiness as paramount to securing his future, and the loan spell is likely to be a step forward for both the youngster and Tottenham.
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