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Saturday 31 May 2014

Hopper happy to sign new Leicester deal

20-year-old forward delighted to pen contract that will keep him at King Power Stadium until 2016

Tom Hopper made great strides in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League last season

Tom Hopper has says that he is "delighted" to have committed his immediate future to Leicester City after signing a new contract with the club.

"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"
Tom Hopper

The promising forward, who featured prominently in Leicester's impressive Under-21 Barclays Premier League campaign, has put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him at the King Power Stadium until 2016.

The 20-year-old broke into Nigel Pearson's first-team squad at the start of the 2013/14 campaign, appearing in the Capital One Cup victories over Carlisle United and Derby County, until a stress fracture to his leg kept him out for much of the campaign.

However, his recovery and return to Steve Beaglehole's development squad coincided with a strong end-of-season finish that not only guaranteed Leicester will be playing in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League next season, but very nearly edged them into the play-off places.

Hopper, who spoke to premierleague.com earlier this season about the positive impact the Barclays Under-21 Premier League has had on his development, scored a number of important goals to help the young Foxes secure a top-six finish and next season he will be hoping to impress enough to get his first taste of Barclays Premier League action with Perason's newly promoted team.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be a part of this club and to have signed a new contract is a wonderful feeling," Hopper told LCFC.com. "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 mobile and versatile forward with a lethal 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 featuring for Pearson's first team in a number of friendlies during the following pre-season – often at centre half.

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Key Points

  • Leicester City forward Tom Hopper signs new contract
  • The 20-year-old agrees new two-year deal
  • Hopper featured prominently in Barclays Under-21 Premier League last season