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A younger brother of Nathan, Louis Thompson first broke into the first team squad in November 2011, when he made the bench for the first round FA Cup tie against Huddersfield - the midfielder already attracting the interest of Manchester United, who had scouted him on a number of occasions. It was the Fourth Round before he made his debut, coming on as a late substitute in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester in January 2012 - later in the year, he was called up to the Wales under-19 squad along with fellow Town youngster Aaron Oakley.
The following season, having travelled with the first team for the pre-season preparations in Italy, Town boss Paolo di Canio admitted to a late change of heart after almost handing Thompson his full debut at Stevenage in November 2012 - instead, he was introduced as a second half substitute in an FA Cup tie against Macclesfield the following weekend, and though his lively performance was one of the only highlights of a poor team performance, Thompson suffered the ignominy of scoring an own goal - with the Town hit on the break whilst chasing an equaliser against their non-League opponents, Thompson chased back seventy yards in an attempt to prevent the Silkmen from extending their lead - and though he did superbly well to get there, his unfortunate slide tackle from outside the area somehow wrong footed Town keeper Wes Foderingham, and nestled into the bottom corner of the net. Nevertheless, Thompson was awarded his full debut just three days later in a goalless draw with Sheffield United - and with his brother Nathan in the same side, they became the first siblings since Alf and Bill Stephens in 1947 to start a Town game. After making another substitute appearance the following weekend at Walsall, the arrival of Danny Hollands on loan saw Thompson eased out of the sixteen.
It was February before Thompson was called up for first team duties again - with senior pros Tommy Miller and Darren Ward in caretaker charge after di Canio’s resignation, they brought Thompson into the sixteen after the Italian had previously left spaces free on the bench in a bid to highlight how thin his squad was. Despite this, it was under new boss Kevin MacDonald at the end of March before Thompson saw any further action - after being called up to the Welsh under-21 squad for the first time, he was introduced as a second half substitute in a goalless draw with Notts County, before a shin problem ruled him out for the rest of the season. When the season ended though, Thompson was rewarded with his first professional contract - signing a two year deal.
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