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Hope Akpan




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Born in Childwall, Liverpool, Akpan began his career with the opposite side of Merseyside with Everton.

Signing a pro’s contract in 2009 he made his one and only Toffees appearance in a Europe League match against BATE Borisov – coming on as an 81st minute substitute for Leon Osman.

On 17th March 2011, the midfielder signed a loan deal with Championship side Hull City until the end of the season, returning after making just 1(+1) appearances.

Akpan signed for freshly promoted League Two Crawley Town that June on a free transfer, fitting straight into their first team he made 33 appearances in the first season, scoring two goals – including one on his debut against AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup.

The following season started off in a similar vein, although he had upped his goal tally to six by the time they faced Reading in the FA Cup that January.

Despite losing the match, Royals’ boss Brian McDermott saw potential in the Liverpudlian’s performance, subsequently signing him on a three-year deal just three days later.

Nine appearances in the end stages of the season weren’t enough to keep the Reading boat afloat and we were relegated back to the Championship after only our third season in the Premier League.

The next campaign saw the club’s attempt to bounce straight back to the top flight, Akpan playing 29 league games and scoring his first goal for the club in our 7-1 annihilation of Bolton in January.

For the 2014/15 season Akpan has filled in as injury cover for Danny Williams and Oliver Norwood alongside picking up a dislocated shoulder of his own.