Tomlin playing for Bristol City in 2016
|Full name||Lee Marc Tomlin|
|Date of birth||12 January 1989|
|Place of birth||Leicester, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position||Striker / Attacking midfielder|
|2005||Rushden & Diamonds|
|2005–2010||Rushden & Diamonds||156||(27)|
|2007||→ Brackley Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|2016||→ Bristol City (loan)||18||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:21, 17 March 2017 (UTC).
Rushden & Diamonds
Tomlin was born in Leicester, Leicestershire. He started his career with the youth system of Leicester City in 1996 before joining Rushden & Diamonds's youth system in 2005. In October 2005, he became Rushden's youngest ever first-team player when he came on as a substitute for Drewe Broughton in the 74th minute. Throughout the rest of the season he made several more substitute appearances, but his first start came in November 2005, in an FA Cup first round replay against Halifax Town. He made 21 appearances in League Two in the 2005–06 season.
Before the 2006–07 season, Tomlin attracted the attention of several big clubs and he earned a trial with Liverpool. Throughout the season, he made more starts and became more of a regular in the Rushden starting eleven. He scored his first goal for the club against Weymouth, the match after Paul Hart was sacked, in the 21st minute. He immediately followed this with another goal, this time against Altrincham in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round. He scored six goals during the season, playing as a forward and on both wings. Tomlin joined Southern League Premier Division club Brackley Town in October 2007 on a one-month loan, making two appearances.
Tomlin switched to left midfield for the 2009–10 season, under his influential manager Justin Edinburgh whom he credited for his development and achieving his move to the Football League. Following the end of the season a six-figure bid for Tomlin was rejected from another Blue Square Bet Premier club believed to be Crawley Town and Rushden confirmed he would be offered a new contract.
Tomlin signed for League One club Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee on 6 August 2010. He went on to assist the team gain promotion with a hard working display against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford, which The Posh won 3–0.
On 31 January 2014, Tomlin signed for Middlesbrough on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season with a view to a permanent move. On 18 February, it was announced that he had signed permanently on a three-and-a-half-year contract. Tomlin made his debut on 22 February in a 0–0 draw against Leeds United, coming on as a substitute for Kei Kamara. After a run of fine performances, most notable in Middlesbrough's 2–0 victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup, Tomlin was named Championship Player of the Month for January 2015.
On 4 August 2015, Tomlin signed for Premier League newcomers Bournemouth on a three-year deal for a fee of around £3.5 million. He made his debut against Liverpool, coming on for Joshua King. He scored his only goal for Bournemouth in the 2015–16 season, a penalty against Birmingham City in the FA Cup.
Tomlin signed for Championship club, Bristol City on a season-long loan, on 27 January 2016. He later made his debut in a goalless draw against Birmingham City on 30 January. Tomlin went onto score 6 goals in 18 appearances, including goals in a 6–0 win over Bolton Wanderers and a 4–0 win over Huddersfield Town.
During the summer, Tomlin opened talks with Bristol City and took part in a medical on 4 July.
His signing was announced one day after on 5 July, having signed a three-year deal with the club. The fee was believed to be anywhere from £2 million to £3 million. If the fee is above £2.25 million then Tomlin is Bristol City's record signing.
- As of match played 31 January 2017
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Rushden & Diamonds||2005–06||League Two||21||0||3||0||0||0||2[a]||0||26||0|
|Brackley Town (loan)||2007–08||Southern League Premier Division||2||0||—||—||—||2||0|
|Peterborough United||2010–11||League One||37||8||4||3||2||0||4[e]||0||47||11|
|Bristol City (loan)||2015–16||Championship||18||6||—||—||—||18||6|
- Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
- Appearances in FA Trophy
- Three appearances and three goals in FA Trophy, four appearances in Conference League Cup
- Two appearances in FA Trophy, two in Conference Premier play-offs
- One appearance in Football League Trophy, three in League One play-offs
- Appearances in Championship play-offs
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