Name: Ben Tozer
Position: Right Back
Date of Birth: 1 March 1990
Place of Birth: Plymouth
Ben Tozer agreed terms with Yeovil Town on June 19th 2015, as the club's fourth signing of the summer. He had spent the previous four seasons with the Cobblers, but has also spent time with Swindon Town and Newcastle United. He is a player who can play a variety of positions, mainly in defence.
Born in Plymouth on March 1st 1990, he was a former Plymouth Argyle youth player that Paul Sturrock took to Swindon Town albeit without him making a significant number of appearances - just seven recorded for the 2007-08 season. He spent three years on the books of Newcastle United, making six appearances and scoring one goal.
He had two loan spells with Northampton during his time with the Toon Army and that was to turn into a permanent move in the summer of 2011 - there he made 199 appearances for the Sixfields club across his four years as a permanent signing along with his two loan spells - that included time working under former Glovers boss Gary Johnson. He also had an ultra-brief loan spell with Colchester United during the 2013-14 season.
He is capable of playing in around five different positions based around his attributes as a 6'1" defender, of which manager Paul Sturrock considers two to be the main priority for him. His primary position at Northampton was as a right-back, but he can also play as a defensive centre midfielder, or as a right-sided centre-half, and even deputised in a left-back slot during his time at Sixfields. During his earlier days at Newcastle he was seen as a centre-half, but in more recent times his main position has been as a right-back.
In a curious twist, his time as a regular player with the Cobblers began to come to an end when Brendan Moloney left Huish Park, and took Tozer's place in the side - during the second half of the 2014-15 season, he was largely there as a substitute, filling into various positions as needed. Speaking at the time of his departure, Cobblers boss Chris Wilder said that Tozer's direct competition with Moloney was a problem as both were two of his higher earners, and so he needed to take one off his books:
"Ben was on an excellent contract and he deserved that under the previous manager. He hasnít been able to get into the team because of the form of Brendon Moloney and I canít afford to carry two right-backs on the wages that they are on. Benís attitude has been outstanding and I could have possibly offered him something to keep him as a utility player but I donít see him being a regular. It was another tough decision but Iím sure Ben will want to go somewhere where he can play regular football. Heís done well for us and he moves on with our best wishes."
Ben has agreed a one year contract with the club, that will commence on July 1st 2015.
Total Appearances: 32
Total Goals: 1
Debut Appearance: 8 November 2015
Debut Goal: 5 December 2015