Hyam playing for Ipswich Town in 2013
|Full name||Luke Thomas Hyam|
|Date of birth||24 October 1991|
|Place of birth||Ipswich, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2015||→ Rotherham United (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:10, 10 May 2016 (UTC).
Luke Thomas Hyam (born 24 October 1991) is an English footballer who plays for Ipswich Town. He plays as a midfielder and he is a product of Ipswich's youth academy, he made his professional debut for the club in August 2010.
Born in Ipswich, Hyam came through the academy at Ipswich Town, having joined the club when he was a pupil at Northgate High School in the town. Having progressed though the ranks of the youth academy, Hyam was a regular member of the reserve team in 2009–10. Hyam made regular appearances during the preseason of the 2010–11 season, notably against both West Ham United and PSV Eindhoven.
Hyam was handed his first team debut by manager Roy Keane in the 3–1 opening day win away at Middlesbrough on 7 August 2010. Following the sacking of Keane in January 2011, Paul Jewell was appointed as the new manager of Ipswich. It appeared very early on that Hyam would not get as much of a chance to play under Jewell as he did during Keane's time in charge, and was subsequently cast aside for the rest of the season. In April 2011, however, he was awarded a twelve-month contract extension by the club, indicating that Jewell was not yet giving up on him.
At the start of the 2011–12 season, Hyam again found his chances limited, despite having made a handful of appearances in pre-season. His first competitive appearance under Jewell came in the first round of the league cup, as Ipswich found themselves the victims of one of the round's biggest upsets, losing 2–1 to Northampton. He had to wait until January 2012 before he would finally be given a start in the league under Jewell. Having faced the wrath of the fans for not including enough of the club's young players, Jewell included Hyam in a very young starting eleven for the game against Blackpool, with an average age of just under 25. During the game Hyam was one of the star performers, earning praise from one of the senior players in the line-up, Andy Drury. He said:
|“||Luke played really well and it was nice to play with him. They all played well and hopefully the boys who have done well will keep the shirt.||”|
|— Andy Drury, |
Under Mick McCarthy, Hyam has been a regular match day squad player. Unfortunately though, his playing time for the second half of the 2014–15 season was reduced due to injuries. Luke was due back for the start of the new season but sadly picked up an injury during pre season requiring surgery. He is due back before Christmas of the 2015–16 season.
On 9 April 2016, Hyam, as his his nature as a ball winning midfielder went in hard with a tackle on Brentford player Alan Judge unfortunately, resulting in injury to Judge and ending the Irishmans hopes of making the Irish national team's UEFA Euro 2016 squad, Luke was awarded a yellow card for the tackle and later in the match, a second yellow and red card, which was Hyams first dismissal of his career.
- As of 7 May 2016.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Rotherham United (loan)||2015–16||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||5||0|
- "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 17. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- "Six youngsters get Ipswich Town deals". BBC Sport. 15 April 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- Hyam Starts for Town
- "Andy Drury's message to Paul Jewell: Back the babes boss". East Anglian Daily Times. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
- "Ipswich Town: Club recalls midfielder Luke Hyam from Rotherham". BBC Sport. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
- Luke Hyam at Soccerbase