Player Profile

Tom Heaton

Tom Heaton

22 Goalkeeper

Nationality :England
Date Of Birth :April 15, 1986
Height :188cm
Weight :85kg

Heaton began his youth career while playing for a local team, Wrexham, on April 15, 1986, when he was born in Chester, England. He spent a short while in the Wrexham system before transferring for two years to the Manchester United junior program.

Heaton, a Chester, Cheshire, native, started his football career at Wrexham, where he played in goal and midfield, but on July 8, 2002, he signed as a trainee after making 20 appearances for the Manchester United Under-17 team in the previous two seasons.

In spite of being Luke Steele’s backup during the entire competition, he won the FA Youth Cup in 2002-2003 and established himself as a fixture in the Under-17 squad.

The next year, on October 2, 2003, he started his first game for the reserve squad, a 3-1 home victory over Birmingham City in the Premier Reserve League.

Heaton received a winner’s medal despite sitting on the bench for the Manchester Senior Cup final against Manchester City at the conclusion of the 2003–04 season.

At Stan Ternent’s testimonial on August 17, 2004, Heaton was named to the Manchester United reserve team’s starting lineup by the 2004–05 season. Heaton replaced Luke Steele in the 76th minute after Steele had earlier replaced Tim Howard.

The squad won the Premier Reserve League North and Central League championships by nine and five points, respectively, with Heaton in goal for 17 of the 28 games in the former and 12 of the 22 in the latter.

Quick Facts

Full nameThomas David Heaton[1]
Date of birth15 April 1986 (age 37)[2]
Place of birthChester, England
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[3]
Position(s)Goalkeeper[4]

Early Life

On April 15, 1986, Thomas David Heaton was born. Chester, England, is where he was born. He was born to his father, Dave Heaton, and an unidentified mother. He is of English origin. He is of Caucasian ethnicity. His astrological sign is Aries.

Career

Manchester United

Born in Chester, Cheshire, Heaton began his football career with Wrexham, for whom he played both in goal and in midfield, but, after making 20 appearances for the Manchester United Under-17 team in the previous two seasons, he signed for United as a trainee on 8 July 2002.

He became a regular in the Under-17 team during the 2002–03 season and picked up an FA Youth Cup winner’s medal despite playing second fiddle to Luke Steele throughout the entire competition. He made his first appearance in the reserve team the following season, starting in a 3–1 home win over Birmingham City in the Premier Reserve League on 2 October 2003.

At the end of the 2003–04 season, Heaton was named on the bench for the final of the Manchester Senior Cup against Manchester City and won a winner’s medal despite not taking the field.

Cardiff City (loan)

At the end of the 2007–08 season, Heaton agreed to move to Championship club Cardiff City on loan for the duration of the 2008–09 season. He was chosen as the club’s first choice goalkeeper, above Peter Enckelman, for the start of the season by manager Dave Jones.[11] He played in every match until late November, with the exception of the League Cup third round tie against Swansea City, when he was replaced by Enckelman.

 However, late on in Cardiff’s 2–1 away defeat to Plymouth Argyle on 22 November 2008, Heaton picked up an injury and was forced off.[citation needed] The injury would go on to cost Heaton his place in the team as the club went unbeaten with Enckelman in goal for over two months.

Queens Park Rangers (loan)

On 15 August 2009, Heaton was signed by Queens Park Rangers on an emergency three-month loan deal, the terms of which allowed him to compete in the League Cup. Heaton’s loan spell ended on 8 November 2009. He made one first-team appearance during his loan, in the 1–0 defeat at Chelsea in the League Cup on 23 September 2009.

Rochdale (loan)

After returning from QPR, Heaton joined Rochdale on 13 November 2009 until the end of December 2009. He made his debut in a 3–2 loss against Chesterfield on 14 November 2009. The loan was then extended until 23 January 2010, before a further extension pushed the end date back to 31 January. In his 12 appearances for Rochdale, Heaton conceded only ten goals – including four clean sheets – and finished on the losing team just once.

Wycombe Wanderers (loan)

Heaton spent less than two weeks back at Manchester United before going back out on loan to Wycombe Wanderers on 12 February 2010. He went straight into the Wycombe starting line-up for their away match against Brentford the following day, which they drew 1–1. Heaton made his second appearance for the Chairboys in their 0–0 draw against Southampton on Tuesday 23 February 2010. He made a great save from a volley to keep the Chairboys on even terms with the Saints.

Return to Cardiff City

Meeting with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on his future at the club amidst an expiring contract, Heaton declined an offer to stay at Old Trafford, deciding instead to leave on free transfer in pursuit of regular playing time. Following his release by United, Heaton agreed a deal on 15 June 2010 to return to Cardiff City on 1 July 2010. He made his second debut in 4–1 win over Burton Albion in the League Cup on 11 August.

After first-choice goalkeeper David Marshall suffered an elbow injury, Heaton established himself as Cardiff’s new number one starter. In late February, however, he suffered a groin injury, so Jason Brown and Stephen Bywater were brought in as cover on loan.[27] Upon his return, Heaton went into the team against Derby County, where they won 4–1, their first win in four matches. Heaton’s performances during the 2010–11 season earned him the club’s Young Player of the Year award.\

Bristol City

In July 2012, Heaton held talks with Watford over a potential move; however, Watford’s new owners decided to pull out of the move. Later that month, Heaton went on trial with Bristol City during their pre-season training camp in Spain and they opened contract talks soon after. On 27 July, Heaton signed a one-year deal with the club, with the option for a further 12 months.[35] He made his debut on 18 August 2012, in a 1–0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest.

A disappointing season in Bristol led to the club owning the worst defensive record in the league with 84 goals allowed, and they were relegated at the end of the season. Heaton started 43 of Bristol City’s 46 matches in the Championship that season, and was viewed as one of the club’s best players that season.

Burnley

Heaton joined Burnley in May 2013, after turning down a further one-year deal at Bristol City. He decided to stay in the Championship, and Burnley offered Heaton a two-year contract attaching him to the club until June 2015, with an option of a third year. A target of manager Sean Dyche while at Watford, Dyche’s first Burnley signing was described as a “good technician” with a “great pedigree”.[40] Heaton immediately became the first-choice goalkeeper for Burnley following the departures of Lee Grant and Brian Jensen.

He made his Burnley debut against Bolton Wanderers on 3 August 2013. On 24 August, he was the recipient of a rare technical caution (his second of the match) for handling the ball after releasing it whilst playing against Brighton, a match they lost 2–0. Heaton was a part of Burnley’s defense that allowed only 37 goals, the fewest in the league, as Burnley returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2009–10. Heaton also picked up 19 clean sheets, the most by any keeper in the regular season.

Aston Villa

Heaton signed for newly promoted Premier League club Aston Villa on 1 August 2019 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £8 million. On 1 January 2020, Heaton suffered a season-ending knee injury during a 2–1 win against his former team Burnley, a game which also saw his teammate Wesley suffer a similarly serious knee injury.

Return to Manchester United

Following his release by Aston Villa, Heaton agreed to return to Manchester United on 2 July 2021, 11 years after first leaving them. He signed a two-year contract with the option of an extra year. On 8 December 2021, Heaton finally made his first-team debut, replacing Dean Henderson in the 68th minute of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League match against Young Boys.

International Career

He was hired by Manchester United in 2003 on a professional player deal that would last until 2010. However, he spent the majority of his tenure on loan from one English Premier League side to another. He was initially loaned to Swindon Town, a Wiltshire-based team. In his more than 20 games for the team, he saved a penalty on his debut.

Tom Heaton’s Net Worth

Tom Heaton is among the wealthiest and most well-liked soccer players. Tom Heaton has a net worth of $5 million, per our analysis of data from sources including Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.

Endorsement

Tom Heaton has been wearing the Nike Magista Opus II exhibition model since July 10, 2017. He earns a lot of money from his “Adidas” product sponsorship.

Personal Life

Tom Heaton is a married man, according to his personal life. Taralee Heaton is his longtime girlfriend. However, the couple has chosen to keep their relationship private. They keep their personal lives private. He doesn’t have any children.

FAQ

How old is Tom Heaton?

Tom Heaton is 37 years old.

How much is Tom Heaton’s net worth?

His estimated net worth is around $5 million.

How tall is Tom Heaton?

He has a height of 6 feet 2 inches.

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