Perry Ryan has been rewarded for his sterling performances in the Hawks midfield with a new one-year contract.
The former Pompey trainee was one of the main driving forces behind the Westleigh Park outfit’s bid for glory on three fronts – the FA Trophy, Skrill South play-offs and Hampshire Senior Cup.
And the fact the Hawks fell just short in all three competitions was not down to a lack of effort on his part.
Ryan played almost every game in the energy-sapping final three months – time and time again covering almost every blade of grass on the pitch.
Assistant boss Shaun Gale believes Ryan can be a major player next season as the Hawks look to lose their tag of nearly men.
‘Perry has just got better and better for us,’ said Gale.
‘When he first came here it was as a central defender but since then he has taken on the role in midfield.
‘He deserves his new contract for all the hard work he has put in and his willingness to learn.
‘In the past he has been a bit impetuos, although a lot of that was down to the fact that he was young and wanted to impress.
‘He has learned to curb that side of his game and accept the opposition will, at times, try to wind him up.
‘We have tried to instill in him the fact he is bigger and better than that.
‘His energy levels are fantastic and he gives us a player who can operate from box-to-box.
‘He also showed he can adapt to dropping in to play in front of the back four and at other times as part of a narrow three-man midfield.’
Ryan is a graduate of the Pompey Academy, having originally joined the side’s youth set-up at the age of eight.
He signed a professional contract with the club at the age of 18 and during the 2010-11 pre-season featured in the touring side that lifted the Edmonton Cup in America.
In December 2010, he joined Bognor Regis on loan for a month and ended up staying with the side until the end of the season.
He then switched to the Hawks at the start of the 2011-12 campaign and has since made 112 starts in all competitions and scored 11 goals.
Gale said: ‘The one area where he can add to his game is scoring more goals.
‘He has a fantastic strike on him and scored some spectacular goals.
‘Now he needs to work at getting into those shooting areas more often.
‘He comes in for extra sessions and looks after himself.
‘I’m sure he can kick on and improve even more next season.’