League Two Centre-back of the Season: Tom Aldred

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The Bolton-born centre-back’s reputation as one of the best defenders in League Two precedes this current campaign.

Having struggled to settle at his first few clubs, Tom Aldred became a household name at Accrington Stanley. He started every game during their 13/14 campaign under James Beattie, before moving to Blackpool the year after.

He only played six games in the second half of their ill-fated 14/15 Championship campaign. While the 15/16 League One season also ended in relegation, Aldred started 42 games and was one of their better players.

He scored what could have been a crucial late winner in a 10-man team at Crewe in March. That day, he celebrated with raw passion at the final whistle, expressing something bordering on triumph over a section of supporters who had used gallows humour.

Although that sense of achievement was short-lived, Aldred’s hunger to get the Seasiders back on a winning path was anything but. He has been outstanding this season for Gary Bowyer’s side, who have conceded just 39 goals and boast League Two’s third best defensive record.

Whether or not Blackpool make the play-offs this season, Aldred will be remembered as one of the key figures behind their attempts to do so.