Naylor in 2011
|Full name||Thomas Keith Naylor|
|Date of birth||28 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Kirkby-in-Ashfield, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
(on loan from Derby County)
|2009–2010||→ Belper Town (loan)||?||(?)|
|2010||→ Alfreton Town (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Derby County (loan)||0||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Bradford City (loan)||5||(0)|
|2013||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||14||(1)|
|2013–2014||→ Newport County (loan)||33||(1)|
|2014–||→ Cambridge United (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:04, 21 September 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, Naylor, originally a midfielder who was converted to central defender, started his career off with English club Mansfield Town by signing his first professional deal in March 2009, and made his first-team debut against Altrincham in the penultimate game of the 2008–09 season. He spent the 2009–10 season on a season-long loan at Belper Town in the process achieving player of the season. In October 2010, Naylor had a short loan spell with Alfreton Town where he played 3 games and helped the club stay unbeaten in all three.
Tom soon built up a reputation as an up-and-coming talent at Mansfield and began to get noticed further up the footballing ladder. With a year left to run on his contract in May 2011 he got interest from Championship clubs such as Leeds United, Hull City and Preston.
On 31 August 2011, it was revealed that a bid from an unnamed League One side (later believed to be Charlton Athletic) had been rejected by Mansfield and that a Premiership club had also enquired (which later turned out to be Fulham) with Mansfield manager Paul Cox allowing Naylor to go on a one-week trial.
Naylor eventually joined Derby County on loan, with a view to a permanent deal, on 15 November 2011. The move was made permanent on 2 January 2012, with a contract until the summer of 2015. Nigel Clough publicly praised Naylor for the progress made during the 2 months he spent on loan and this resulted in him being called up to the first team. Naylor's first call up to the first team was in the FA Cup 3rd Round Match against Crystal Palace on 7 January 2012, Derby went on to win the match 1–0 with Theo Robinson scoring after 9 minutes, Naylor was an unused substitute in this match. Naylor was selected on the bench for the following FA Cup 4th Round Match against Stoke City on 28 January 2012, he made his debut as an 89th minute substitute coming on for Jason Shackell, the match ended in a 2–0 defeat for The Rams. Naylor made his first start and league appearance in a 2–1 win at Doncaster Rovers on 17 March 2012. Naylor started the following 7 matches at right-back, covering for the injured John Brayford as Paul Green returned to his natural midfield role, with Derby winning 3, drawing 2 and losing 3 of these games, keeping 2 clean sheets and conceding 8 goals whilst Naylor was on the pitch. Naylor earned praise from Clough after his first to start and admitted that Naylor had been thrown into the "deep end and doing well", stating a preference for Naylor to be loaned out to a League One or League Two club. In the game against Cardiff City on 17 April 2012, Naylor was substituted at half time after picking up a tight hamstring as Brayford made his first team return.
Despite all of his first team appearances in the 2011–12 season being from right back, Derby manager Nigel Clough said that he intended to play Naylor in the 2012–13 season in central defence and with the season-long injury of Shaun Barker and sale of Shackell to Burnley, Clough stated his faith in Naylor's ability to become a first team regular at Championship level as a central defender. However after falling down the pecking order at Derby, Naylor joined Football League Two outfit Bradford City on a two-month loan deal on 16 November. He made his debut on 17 November, in a home game against Exeter City. After featuring in 5 matches for The Bantams, Naylor extended his stay at the Yorkshire club by one month on 15 January. Naylor returned to Derby on 11 February, making only two appearances in his third month at Valley Parade. Despite there being a shortage of defenders due to injury and suspension upon his return Derby, Naylor was made available for loan and it was reported that he turned down a move to Grimsby Town. Grismby joint manager Paul Hurst stated that Naylor was set to join another Conference National side. However, on 22 February 2013 Naylor completed a loan move to Grimsby Town until the end of the season. Naylor made his Grimsby debut as a 78th minutes substitute for Jamie Devitt in Grimsby's 3–1 win at Ebbsfleet United on 26 February. On his first start for The Mariners, Naylor scored the only goal in a 1–0 win at Forest Green Rovers on 5 March. Naylor played a total of 16 games for Grimsby, as their promotion chase ended with a 2–0 aggregate defeat to Newport County in the play-off semi-finals. Upon his return to Derby, Naylor was told in May that he was not in Nigel Clough's plans in the future and was made available for transfer with two years left on his contract.
On 12 August, Naylor joined League Two newcomers Newport County on loan until early January 2014. Naylor scored two own goals and conceded a penalty for Newport, in a 2–3 home defeat by Morecambe on 14 September 2013. In the return fixture Newport went 1–0 up only for Naylor to score another own goal and then get sent off after conceding a penalty. Morecambe went on win 4–1.
Naylor impressed in the first half of the season for Newport. His loan was extended until the end of the 2013–14 season.
- As of 29 April 2013.
|Club||Season||League[A]||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[B]||Total|
|Belper Town (loan)||
|Alfreton Town (loan)||
|Bradford City (loan)||
|Grimsby Town (loan)||
|Newport County (loan)||
- A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football Conference, the Northern Premier League and the Football League.
- B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the FA Trophy and Football League Trophy.
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- "Derby County have sold Jason Shackell to Championship rivals Burnley and are close to new signing". thisisderbyshire.co.uk. 5 July 2012.
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- "Derby County starlet Will Hughes is hoping to shake off injury for visit of Bolton Wanderers". thisisderbyshire.co.uk. 19 February 2013.
- "Grimsby Town boss says Tom Naylor is heading to "another club in our league"". thisisgrimsby.co.uk. 17 February 2013.
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- "Grimsby 3 – 1 Ebbsfleet". bbc.co.uk/sport. 26 February 2013.
- "Tom Naylor strike piles on Forest Green agony". hisisgloucestershire.co.uk. 5 March 2013.
- "Tyson, Fielding and Robinson available". thisisderbyshire.co.uk. 9 May 2013.
- "Naylor Makes Newport Move". dcfc.co.uk. 12 August 2013.[dead link]
- "Tom Naylor scored two own goals and conceded a penalty as Morecambe beat Newport". bbc.co.uk. 14 September 2013.
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- "Games played by Tom Naylor in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Games played by Tom Naylor in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
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- "Games played by Tom Naylor in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Games played by Tom Naylor in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 12 August 2013.