The Imps have completed the signing of Tom Hopper from Southend United for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old pens a deal with the club that runs until the summer of 2023 and takes the number of strikers on the books to four, although Michael Appleton has suggested that might change by the time the transfer window closes in a week’s time.
Hopper has plenty of Football League experience, spending all of his career in League One after emerging at Leicester City. He appeared three times for Leicester and enjoyed loan spells with Bury and Scunthorpe United before signing at Glanford Park permanently in 2015.
He made 131 appearances for the Iron, scoring 27 goals boasting 15 assists, before joining Southend in the summer of 2018. It was believed he was an Imps’ target in January 2018, but two goals in two games convinced Scunthorpe to keep him at the club. It was also believed he was close to an Imps’ deal in the summer of 2018, but chose League One Southend instead.
Since joining the struggling Shrimpers, Hopper has scored 10 goals and added three assists in 29 appearances, as well as having dealt with an injury that kept him out for a year.
“He’s at a very good age,” manager Michael Appleton said in this mornig’s press conference.
“He probably looks fitter now than he’s ever been at any stage of his career. He’s gone through an injury layoff, which sometimes isn’t a bad thing for players.
“I know that from personal experience because, from a mentality point of view, it takes you to places you don’t really want to go to. I’ve watched him a few times this season for Southend live and I’ve been really impressed. I think he’ll be a fantastic addition to the football club.”
We’ve covered Hopper fairly extensively this week, so to read more please have a look at the links below.