Thomas Christopher "Tom" Ince (born 30 January 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as either an attacking midfielder, winger or a forward for Championship club Derby County.
The son of former England captain Paul Ince, Tom Ince began his career with Liverpool, for whom he made his professional début in the 2010–11 season, coming on as a substitute in the Football League Cup. He later spent time that season on loan at Football League One club Notts County, scoring twice in eight appearances. At the end of the season, Ince turned down a new contract and moved to Blackpool, who had just been relegated from the Premier League. In two-and-a-half seasons at Blackpool, Ince played 113 games in all competitions and scored 33 goals. He also won the 2013 Football League Young Player of the Year Award and was named in the 2012–13 PFA Team of the Year.
In January 2014, he signed on loan for Premier League club Crystal Palace, for whom he scored his first Premier League goal, and returned to the division permanently at the end of the season, joining Hull City on a free transfer. Ince did not feature regularly for Hull in the 2014–15 season, spending time on loan at the end of 2014 with Nottingham Forest before returning briefly to Hull. A loan spell at the end of the season with Derby County was a success, with Ince scoring 11 goals in 18 appearances. At the end of the season, he joined Derby for a fee of £4.75 million, briefly becoming the club's most-expensive signing.
Ince has been capped internationally for England at U17, U19 and U21 levels.Close