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Hope Akpan

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

14/08/1991

Height

182 cm

Signed

18/07/2017

Country

Nigeria

Nigerian international midfielder Hope became the sixth addition to the Burton squad during the summer, linking up with the Brewers after leaving Blackburn Rovers at the end of last season.

A strong physical presence in the middle of the park, Hope has played in all four divisions of English football since leaving boyhood club Everton in 2011. Hope made one appearance for the Toffees in the UEFA Champions League but made his League debut during a loan spell with Hull City in 2011.

After leaving Goodison Park his next stop was Crawley Town in League 2 playing his part as the Red Devils won promotion from League 2 alongside current Brewers team mate Kyle McFadzean and going on to help establish the club in League One.

Reading stepped in to take Hope to the Madejski Stadium offering a return to the Premier League in January 2013 but was unable to stop the Royals slipping back into the Championship.

After two years at Reading Hope moved to Blackburn Rovers on a two-year deal and over the last two years has played 60 times in the Championship netting four times from a deep lying midfield role.

After a disrupted 2016/17 season at Ewood Park Hope was released following Rovers relegation to League One, Nigel Clough making his move to add Hope's strength and skill to his midfield options for the current campaign.

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