Wednesday 26th January 2022 - 11:36
Current Artist
Current Song
On air now
10 - 1 with Jason Harrison
10:00 - 13:00
Listen live

Evans confirms Hopper interest ahead of League Two 'train journey'

3rd August 2017

Mansfield Town boss Steve Evans says Scunthorpe United striker Tom Hopper is on their radar but has denied reports that a deal has been struck for the player.

The Stags manager is on the lookout to further strengthen his squad this month and he told Mansfield 103.2 at Thursday's press conference that the 23-year-old is one of a number of targets.

He said: "We've had a chat with Scunthorpe. According to media reports, we're there [with a deal], we're not, but we're trying.

"It's not just young Tom, he's a good player, but there are one or two others that we're particularly keen on and even late last night we were on the phone trying to make one happen.

"When this transfer window shuts, I will have no problem telling the supporters at a fans forum or whatever who the targets were, but up until then, we'll just try and recruit one or two of them.

"It's unfair of me to speak about Tom other than to say we expressed an interest because he's got a manager and his manager will want his focus to be on their game on Saturday."

Meanwhile, the players will be told on Friday morning who will be the club's captain for the coming season.

Evans says three or four are in the frame - with the list thought to include centre-back Zander Diamond and winger Paul Anderson who have worn the armband in recent pre-season friendlies - and he is expecting to name a captain and two vice captains.

And, ahead of the season opener at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, Evans says a top-seven finish is the minimum objective and is not phased by the bookmakers and many experts naming the Stags as their favourites for the League Two title.

Last season, he compared the campaign to a rollercoaster - this time round, he says it's more like a train journey.

He told Mansfield 103.2: "It's got 46 platforms in the season ahead and every time we pull into a platform we have an opportunity to bag three bags of coal. The more coal we get, the more chance we get of that train climbing higher mountains.

"It's little expressions like that where people think, 'What's he going on about?'!

"The bottom line is there are ups and there are downs, there are twists and turns but over a season whoever gets promoted, you deserve it."


Click HERE for more local sport.

The Mansfield 103.2 Directory

Click here to access a really useful guide to dozens of local businesses.

To display weather you need to supply your location in Station settings.

On Air
On air now
10 - 1 with Jason Harrison
10:00 - 13:00
Up next
Watko in the Afternoon
13:00 - 18:00
On Air
On air now
10 - 1 with Jason Harrison
10:00 - 13:00
Up next
Watko in the Afternoon
13:00 - 18:00