Potential signing: Tom Hopper

Another striker that could prove to be a valuable addition to this Lincoln side, is 24-year old Scunthorpe striker Tom Hopper.

It is believed that Tom Hopper is on his way out of Glanford Park, and there is a good possibility that Sincil Bank may be his new home.

The rumour is that Hopper was meant to come on loan to Lincoln City this season in January, but nothing was finalised and the deadline passed. The forward has experience in the Lincolnshire area as he began his career at Boston United, and has gone on to play nearly 100 games for Scunthorpe.

It goes without saying that the 24-year old has not had a straight path in his football career. Things were looking extremely promising for the striker in his early years. He was picked up by Leicester’s youth academy and was very impressive, earning his first professional contract in 2011. He made his debut for the Foxes as a substitute replacing David Nugent in an FA Cup match against Swindon Town.

Hopper then had a spell at Bury on loan making just over 20 appearances and scoring only a handful of goals in the process. He later signed a two-year contract extension at Leicester in 2014, but he could only reach the subs bench for the first two fixtures back in the Premier League for the Foxes.

Now this is where the controversy lies, Hopper, alongside two other Leicester City players, were found guilty of creating a sex tape during the clubs tour of Thailand. Found guilty, all three players had their contracts terminated with immediate effect.

Since then, the 24-year old has found some relative success at Scunthorpe United. He has not scored an abundance of goals, but he has a gone a long way in getting his career back on track.

The past is the past, and there is nothing you can do to change that.

From a footballing perspective, Hopper would be a great signing. He would bring a real sense of energy and urgency upfront, as well as having the quality in-front of goal. He obviously has the ability, as a player does not get a contract at a Premier League side for nothing.

 

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