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New Deal For Hopper

Posted: Fri 30 May 2014
Author: Leicester City

Tom Hopper

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Young striker Tom Hopper has committed his future to Leicester City after putting pen-to-paper on a deal to keep at King Power Stadium until 2016.

The highly rated 20-year old made the breakthrough into Nigel Pearson’s first team squad at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, appearing in Capital One Cup victories over Carlisle United and Derby County. 

An unfortunate stress fracture on his leg kept him out for much of the campaign however, until he made his return to action for Steve Beaglehole’s Development Squad – scoring a number of important goals to help them secure a top-six finish.

After signing his new two-year contract, Hopper told LCFC.com: “I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of this Club and to have signed a new contract is a wonderful feeling. 

“Last season started with a lot of promise for me, but unfortunately I got injured, which meant I didn’t play as much as I could have. I’m fully fit now and I can’t wait to get started again in pre-season by showing what I can do. 

“The manager and Steve Beaglehole have been great. They’ve been really supportive and helped me a lot, so for me to be a part of this Club for another two years is fantastic.” 

A hard working and versatile forward with a fearsome left foot, Hopper made his Leicester City debut as a substitute for David Nugent in a 2-0 FA Cup win at home to Swindon Town in January 2012, before a successful loan spell with Bury the following season. 

The striker made 22 appearances for the Gigg Lane side, scoring three times before figuring for Nigel Pearson’s first team in a number of friendlies during the following pre-season – often at centre half. 

Hopper was also a key player in last summer’s Hong Kong Soccer 7s tournament, which City’s Development Squad went on to win after beating Newcastle United in the final. 

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