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Patience Paid Off For Hawkins

Striker delighted to complete Pompey switch

31 August 2017

Pompey striker Oliver Hawkins

It is a deal that has been rumoured for much of the summer.

So Oliver Hawkins is delighted that he can finally call himself a Pompey player after completing a switch from Dagenham & Redbridge.

The towering striker has left the National League outfit in order to pen a three-year deal at Fratton Park.

It is undoubtedly a step up in quality, but the 25-year-old is confident that he can adjust to that.

Hawkins said: “I’ve known that there’s been interest for the past couple of months, so I’ve had to remain fairly patient.

“I found out in the last 48 hours that the deal was going to get finalised and now I’m buzzing to join a massive club like Pompey.

“It gives you confidence when you hear that big clubs are after you and when someone like this comes along, it’s a no-brainer.

"I’m buzzing to join a massive club like Pompey."

Oliver Hawkins

“Now I can’t wait to get started and I’m just determined to do as well as I possibly can here.

“I’m feeling fit and ready to go – and I’m sure I’ll prove that when I get my chance in the team.

“There are a lot of big clubs – including Pompey – at this level, so I have to get to grips with the step up and performing in front of a big crowd.”

Standing at well over six feet tall, Hawkins is an obvious target for crosses into the box, but insists that he has a lot more to offer.

He said: “I’m a target man, but I can also hold the ball up, run in behind and I’m comfortable with the ball at my feet.

“But I’m here to do whatever is needed of me to help this club do well and ultimately win promotion.

“The manager has told me that I’ll fit in well with the players who are already here like Conor Chaplin and Brett Pitman.”

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