Aston Villa’s Kevin Toner became yet another member of our summer 2017 intake towards the end of the window; the young defender arriving on a season-long loan from his parent club. The Irishman came into the squad to provide more competition for Boro’s defensive ranks. His five starts and four sub appearances weren’t amazing by any stretch; not when you’re part of a team pulled apart 6-2 at home by Oxford in the Football League Trophy or being sent off in a 3-0 league defeat at Yeovil.
Kevin Toner: Before Boro’
Toner’s career started at his hometown club of Ashbourne United at the age of 10. He moved up into the Leinster Senior League with Home Farm in 2010, before Aston Villa came calling in 2012. To begin, he was part of Villa’s academy but made his ‘senior’ bow in 2015.
It was Kidderminster Harriers who provided Toner with his first taste of first-team action. He spent a month on loan at Aggborough, appearing six times in the Conference. Later that season, in April 2016, a change in scene; Toner’s Premier League debut for already-relegated Aston Villa.
In the 2016-7 campaign, two more loan spells – but not before he had penned a new two-year deal at Villa Park. Walsall was temporary home for the first half of the season, before Bradford City secured his services in January 2017. In addition to his domestic career, Toner has also been capped at Ireland U19 level.