Lincoln City captain Tom Hopper is being linked with a move to Colchester United, according to Football League World.
Hopper, who was picked as captain at the start of the season, has struggled with injuries and is seemingly the second-choice number nine behind Ben House. There’s been talk of a move this winter for a while, with Grimsby suggested as one option, but his destination appears elsewhere in League Two.
We’ve attempted to verify the story and have been told by sources outside of the club that the rumours of Tom being in talks are true and that potentially Hartlepool United are also aware of his availability. It does suggest we’re looking to move one out, meaning almost certainly an incoming striker is also on the cards.
Tom signed for the club from Southend United three years ago, penning a three-and-a-half-year deal which is set to expire this summer. He scored his first goals for the club in the final games before lockdown, bagging a brace against Burton Albion in March 2020. When football resumed, he played a key role in helping us to the League One play-off final, scoring the first goal with fans at Sincil Bank in the semi-final against Sunderland.
In the second leg, he scored the last goal that made me actually cry, a crucial away goal at the Stadium of Light when it looked like we might miss out on Wembley. However, those goals came after a spell out injured from which he’s never really recovered. last season, Tom missed a significant portion of the campaign, playing 22 times in all competitions and not bagging a home goal until the final day of the season.
This season he has also made 22 appearances, scoring five times. Three of those strikes have come in the Papa John’s Trophy, and he has been without a home league goal since the season’s opening day. Across his three-year stint with the Imps, he started 62 League One matches, and appeared 100 times in all competitions, scoring 22 goals.
It’s fair to say Tom has struggled since the 2020/21 season, but he is also a great character. He’s always been brilliant to interview, and I’ll never forget how special he made my nephew’s first Lincoln game last season. He always has time for a chat with supporters, and if he does move on, he should always be remembered fondly.
However, in terms of impact in the third tier, it could be argued that there hasn’t been anything significant for 18 months, which is a shame. More on this if it develops.
Please forgive me for any typos or formatting errors, as I’m trying to write this on my phone in a Scunthorpe car park!