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Hawkins enjoying his new defensive responsibilities

1 December 2017

Pompey striker Oliver Hawkins

He was brought to Pompey over the summer to boost their striking options.

But in the past few weeks, Oliver Hawkins has shown that he certainly has more than one string to his bow.

The deadline day signing was used as a makeshift defender, initially to cover the Blues’ injury problems.

He has impressed so much in that role, however, that fans might be starting to question his natural position.

Hawkins said: “All I can do is keep trying my best and look to improve along the way.

“I’m happy playing at the back or as a centre-forward, so I’m just going to take each game as it comes along.

"Versatility is key and I believe that I could go on to have a good career in either role."

Oliver Hawkins

“I was always confident that I could do it and once I got the call, I knew that I could be comfortable in that role.

“Hopefully that’s shown in my performances so far and it’s great to be able to add another position to my CV.

“I’ll always call myself a striker and want to score as many goals as I possibly can, but I won’t throw defending out of the window.

“Versatility is key and I believe that I could go on to have a good career in either role, so we’ll just see what happens.”

Hawkins will miss Saturday’s Checkatrade Trophy tie with Northampton after going off against Plymouth last week with a hamstring problem.

The 25-year-old said: “It wasn’t as bad as we thought and it was more of a caution, so hopefully I’ll soon be back in training to return against Charlton next Saturday.

“I would love to be available against Northampton, but I’m sure the boys can get us a win and then it’s another step closer to Wembley.”

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