Tom Field believes that he has plenty more of improvement to come after an encouraging breakthrough year at Griffin Park.
The 20-year-old defender made 17 appearances for The Bees this campaign following his debut against Fulham at the back end of the 2015/16 season. His first professional goals also arrived against Eastleigh in the 5-1 Emirates FA Cup win back in January with Tom confident that he has plenty more of improvement left in the tank.
“If you were to say to me last year that I would make 12 starts and a few substitute appearances then I would have said no chance,” said Tom, speaking to iFollow before the players left Jersey Road for their summer break. “It has been a progressive year for me and hopefully next year I can kick on even more. I have really improved with the mental and technical side this year: there is a lot more to come on the physical side as I haven’t stopped growing yet. If I can bulk up in pre-season and add more physicality then I can’t see why I can’t start a few more games.”
As a lifelong Bees fan Tom said it was an incredible feeling to line-up for his club against the likes of Leeds United, Newcastle United, and Aston Villa this season. Tom believes that the performances the team put in against some of the biggest names in English football show they should have nothing to fear when the new season rolls around in August.
“I have played in some big games and we have been unlucky not to come out with wins in most of them,” said Tom. “It has been an amazing experience to play at places like Elland Road, even though the atmosphere was better at Griffin Park. Every time I walk out I get shivers down my spine. I know loads of people there supporting me and I know a lot of people who have supported the club for a good while too. The games against Newcastle United and Aston Villa at home stand out to me because they were two big clubs and I think I played well in both. They show that we shouldn’t be scared of anyone.”
Tom graduated from the B Team dressing room at Jersey Road to the First-Team dressing room last summer although he still visits his old teammates every day after training. As well as the normal conversations between friends, Tom revealed that he does try and prepare his former teammates for the leap to first-team football and said nobody has been happier than him to see members of that group make their professional debuts this campaign.
“I go into the dressing room to talk to the B Team lads every day, not just about getting into the first-team but about normal stuff too,” said Tom. “They do ask me questions about it though as I have done it and I try to help them. I was buzzing when Reece Cole came on at Nottingham Forest even though I wasn’t there. I think if there was a camera on me when Chris Mepham made his debut against Eastleigh and Zain Westbrooke came on against Fulham then you would have seen me cheering. It means a lot to me because I have played with them for so long and I want to see them break through as well.”