Swindon Town have completed the signing of 21-year-old Liverpool defender Tom Clayton for an undisclosed fee.
The talented youngster has signed a two-year deal at SN1 after Town agreed a deal with the Premier League giants earlier this month for his signature.
Clayton is a versatile, defensive-minded player who joined the Liverpool academy when he was just nine.
He subsequently went on to appear in all their age groups at youth level, eventually breaking into Steven Gerrard’s Under-18s setup during the 2017/18 season.
Tom then made the step up to their Under-23s squad, where he adopted a central midfield role and was handed the captains armband.
In June last year, Clayton was given his first taste of international football as he was called up to play for Scotland’s Under-21s.
“I’m so pleased to join Swindon. Having spoken to a number of people about the club before signing I knew this was the place I wanted to play my football and take the next step in my career, so it wasn’t a hard decision at all,” Tom said.
“I’m itching to get started and push myself hard here. I want to become a first team regular and show the fans what I’m about.
“This is a great club with superb ambition, and I really want to be part of this exciting project moving forward.”
Town First-Team Head Coach, Scott Lindsey, said: “Tom has great talent and this is a fantastic signing for the football club.
“He’s come from one of the top academies in the country and worked with some top coaches, so he brings with him a real understanding of the game at such a young age, and he’s also very versatile which gives us options.”
Town Technical Director, Sandro Di Michele, said: “Tom is an excellent defender and comes to us from Liverpool who have developed him well. He was captain there last season for their Under-23s so also has great leadership qualities.
“He’s represented Scotland’s Under-21s so comes with experience of international football, so he’ll add so much to our squad as the new season fast approaches.”