“I’m happy to make my family proud” – Ellis Chapman chats to the Stacey West

Ellis Chapman - set to shine this season (Courtesy of Graham Burrell)

I’ve caught up with teenage sensation Ellis Chapman this week, the youngster with a big future, in order to write the programme article for Saturday. 

Ellis has been talking about everything from his early life at Lincoln, his move to and from Leicester and his most recent elevation to the first team. For a 17-year old he’s incredibly grounded and chatty and the interview makes for excellent reading.

In order to get you eyes around it all, you’ll need to pick up a programme this weekend, but as a taster, Ellis told me about making his home debut for the Imps against Bury, and how it felt to run out at Sincil Bank for the first time.

“Nothing gets much better than your first team debut,” he told me earlier today. “I’ve worked really hard to get in the position I’m in now and I’m so happy to make my family proud.”

Ellis is a Lincoln lad, born and bred and despite his move to Leicester, has always kept the Imps close to his heart. He’s also got a second team, which we won’t hold against him, but he revealed to me he’d watched the Cowley team grow and develop before finally becoming a part of ‘the method’.

“I’ve always supported Lincoln, but I supported Man Utd too! I remember going to the FA Cup matches to Arsenal and places like that as a fan in the crowd. I was thinking ‘wow, maybe one day I can do all this’, then within a short space of time I was training with them. Now I’m playing for the side and it is just a dream come true.”

With good people around him, lots of positive influences and of course, the right attitude, this lad could go far in the game. Read the full 1100 word interview this weekend, where he tells of how he relaxes and who at Lincoln City has helped shape his fledgling career, only in the club programme.