‘Like rats off a sinking ship’ – These Southend fans react to the latest significant club statement

Roots Hall Stadium Pitch from South Upper Credit: Garry Bowden/Galvineyes

Southend United have agreed a fee with League One rivals Lincoln City for striker Tom Hopper.

The club confirmed the news in a statement on their official website adding the club had allowed the twenty-six-year-old to talk to the Imps over personal terms.

The Shrimpers are second from bottom of League One after a disastrous season. They have won only two league games all season and are twelve points from safety.

Hopper arrived at Roots Hall in the summer of 2018 after his release by Scunthorpe United. He started well, scoring seven goals in fourteen appearances before a serious cruciate ligament injury picked up in Southend’s 3-0 over Walsall in October 2018 put the brakes on his progress. He returned to action a year later and currently has three goals from sixteen outings this term.


Many Southend fans have long accepted their club will be playing League Two football next season and they were not slow to voice their frustrations when news broke of the potential move on social media. Most appear to feel getting a fee for a player who is out of contract in the summer is good business but also believe selling one of their best players is a sure sign the club is preparing for life in the EFL’s basement division.

All is not well at the club, as the following selection of responses to the news on Twitter illustrates.


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