Tom has really impressed since his move from Bristol Manor Farm
in the summer, making the step up of two divisions look easy. A
solid no-nonsense centre-back who holds his position well, is solid
in the air and rarely gets caught out by anything put in front of
him. Already established as a regular in the City side a few more
years experience at this level could see him mature into a genuinely
first rate defender.
Hamblin was Tim Harris' first signing of the pre-season 2006 summer
period, arriving from Western League Premier outfit Bristol Manor
Farm. He began as a youth team player at local outfit Fry Club and
Mangotsfield United before moving to Bristol Manor Farm in the summer
of 2005 to gain first team experience. He came to City's attention
via new assistant manager David Mehew who coached at the Bristol
club prior to joining City. He also comes highly rated by Manor
Farm veteran Gary Kemp, himself a former City centre-back who became
a Tigers' legend in ten years at Meadow Park.