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Hawkins: A Dream Come True

Striker confident he can hit the goal trail

26 September 2017

Pompey striker Oliver Hawkins

Oliver Hawkins still has to pinch himself when he runs out to play at Fratton Park.

The deadline day signing has made four appearances since arriving from Dagenham on the final day of August.

He is still waiting to open his goal account for the club ahead of Tuesday night’s home clash with Bristol Rovers.

But the striker is happy to remain patient and is confident that he will soon find his shooting boots.

Hawkins said: “I’m just looking to progress with Pompey and help this club continue getting back to where they should be.

“I grew up with them being in the Premier League, so coming into training every day and playing in front of 17,000 fans is a dream come true.

"I feel confident that when I get my first goal here, I will go on to score more."

Oliver Hawkins

“Every striker will tell you that it’s about getting that first goal and then they come along like buses.

“I’ve had some chances in my last few appearances, but it’s when they don’t come that you start to worry.

“I feel confident that when I get my first goal here, I will go on to score more. I just have to stay focused and not think about it too much.”

Hawkins has had an eventful start to his Pompey career, ending up with a deep cut to his head against both Rotherham and AFC Wimbledon.

He said: “The injuries I got in those first couple of games were an eye-opener to just how tough this league really is.

“It was a bit of a setback for me, but now I’m ready to be in the starting line-up and to score some goals.

“I’m feeling 100 per cent now and the scars have healed up, so I just want to get out there and win some games.

“There are a lot of teams with Championship quality in this division and we want to be up there in that top six.”

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