Livingston FC is delighted to announce the signing of central defender Tom Parkes from Exeter City.
The 29-year-old joined Exeter in 2019, racking up 74 appearances, narrowly missing out on League 2 play-off success at the end of the 19-20 season, losing to Northampton in the final at Wembley.
Tom started his career at Leicester City before spells at Burton Albion, Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient and Carlisle before joining Exeter. Tom also represented England at U17 level, playing 18 times and scoring once.
Tom’s most notable spell was whilst at Bristol Rovers where he played 190 times between 2012 and 2016, captaining the club to play-off success against Grimbsy at Wembley to guide the Pirates out of the Conference and back into the Football League.
He joins the club on a one-year deal with incentives in place which could see that increase to three years.
Manager David Martindale said: “I think Tom is an excellent signing having played close to 400 professional games, with the majority of those coming in League 2 in England. A real no-nonsense defender who is a leader on the park, aggressive in both boxes and has a very good left foot. Tom will bring a wealth of experience to our squad and I believe there is still more to come from him having watched him closely and spoken to the player himself at length.
“He comes to us at a great age and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Tom brings to the group on a match day. He has shown a real hunger to try the football up in Scotland and was very easy to work with due to his appetite to try something new.
“Tom will wear the number 4 shirt for the forthcoming season and has signed a 1-year contract with incentives that could see him play his football at Livingston for the next three seasons if all goes well.
“Tom was part of the Bristol Rovers team that, alongside Cristian Montaño, secured promotion to League 1 during the 2015-16 season.
“I’m really happy with how our recruitment has gone to date but I am still looking to bring another 3 or 4 players in at the earliest opportunity to help integrate them into the group for the new season.”
Welcome to Livingston, Tom!