James Tomkins (Defender)
29th Mar 1989 (Basildon, England)Signed:
1st Jul 2005 (£0)Contract:
4 years (signed February 2015)Previous Club:
Player of the Year 2011/12; Young Player of the Year 2010/11, (runner up) 2009/10, 2008/09, (third place) 2006/07, 2007/08; Most Improved Player (runner-up) 2011/12, 2013/14, (third place) 2008/09, 2010/11.
Centre-half Tomkins is considered to be one of the brightest prospects currently emerging from Tony Carr's academy.
Already a veteran of several England youth teams, the 6'3" defender made his first-team debut during the 2006/07 pre-season friendlies and looks set to have a big future ahead of him.
Still only 17, Tomkins became the youngest player to score for the reserve team when he netted as a 16-year-old in only his second appearance.
HOME GROWN: Tomkins scores his first goal for West Ham