Tom Hitchcock Player Profile
Debut: Notts County (H, 0-2), 08/08/2015
A loan signing made just before the start of the 2015-6 League Two campaign, striker Tom Hitchcock was signed by Stevenage gaffer Teddy Sheringham from near neighbours MK Dons on a one-month deal.
The son of former Chelsea goalkeeper Kevin, Hitchcock arrived at the Lamex at the tender enough age of 22. But he still came with a fair bit of Football League experience and no shortage of goals either.
After starting out at Blackburn Rovers in 2007, he made his way up the ranks and into the club’s reserve team in 2009. First team chances, however, remained at a premium at Ewood Park.
In summer 2011, Plymouth Argyle swooped to sign the striker on an initial three-month loan spell. It gave him a first taste of Football League action, even if goals weren’t immediately forthcoming at the time.
Blackburn Rovers opted to release Hitchcock in February 2012, but there was no time wasted in securing another club; QPR the next port of call for the youngster – who went and scored on his Hoops debut!
Despite that promising start, a string of loan spells soon followed for Hitchcock – not that they weren’t successful. Bristol Rovers, Crewe and Rotherham; all three temporary moves yielded goals aplenty.
That prompted interest from MK Dons, who swooped for the forward after QPR released him. After eight outings for the Dons, Hitchcock was off to Fleetwood on loan in October 2014 – again scoring on debut.
With such promise in front of goal, it was hoped that his signature – albeit temporary – would deliver much-needed goals at the Lamex. And no doubt the chance to work with Sheringham only sweetening the deal.