Hopper pleased to be back

Tom Hopper says the support of the club’s fans will be crucial as City head into the final games of the season.

With 14 matches to go in Sky Bet League One, everyone in the LNER Stadium on a matchday has a role to play in order to keep a relegation battle at bay

Hopper said: “Throughout the season, especially the last few games at home, they have sensed we really needed them and they have delivered.  

“The fans are well known for their support, and it is certainly appreciated by everyone around the club, and they play their part in making the stadium a tough place to come for away teams.  

“We need to play our part in giving them something to cheer about and encourage them to stick with us with their support.” 

The forward has made cameo appearances off the bench in the Imps’ past two games after a lengthy period out injured, and is relishing making an impact in the final stages of the season. He added: “The feeling of being back was brilliant. It’s not fun watching so I am delighted to be in a position that when called upon, I can try and have an effect. 

“You try and be around it as much as you can on the training ground and on matchdays, one of my jobs was to try and keep spirits high when the lads came in on a Monday morning - be a soundboard for some of the younger lads, which I definitely was.

“I can’t thank the medical team enough because for the whole process - they have been brilliant. It’s been a frustrating one for us all in terms of it being a bone, there is always the worry it hasn’t healed and the surgeon wasn’t too sure how to handle it either because it’s something he’d never seen before, so there were a lot of complexities to it, but the staff have been brilliant.”

Tom Hopper is the feature interview in the matchday programme for the visit of Gillingham on Saturday. The programme is available from sellers around the stadium as well as from the ticket office, with fans able to pay by cash or card. If you cannot get to the match then order your copy online now.