Hopper was one Danny wanted in the summer, it was an open secret we pursued him but, in the end, he chose Southend United. he didn’t do badly at the start of the season either, scoring seven in 14 matches as they looked for a way into the top six.
Disaster struck on October 23rd, he ruptured his ACL and has since been out injured. he’ll need nine months to recover, meaning he’ll likely be fit for the start of the season.
The problem he might face is a cruel twist of fate. He wanted to challenge himself as high as possible, hence turning down League Two Lincoln for League One Southend. Danny won’t hold that against him, ambition is a fine thing and Hopper showed he had it. By the time he’s back, it could be League Two Southend and League One Lincoln.
The Shrimpers are just two points clear of safety and haven’t won in nine matches. They face Wimbledon this weekend and a defeat could well spell the end for Chris Powell.
He is on a three-year deal though, so we’d have to buy him and maybe we’ve moved on in terms of strikers. Or maybe, just maybe, our skill at getting players with injuries (Freck, O’Connor, Eardley) back to their very best could be a blessing for us.