Star striker could return to Hawks

Mustafa Tiryaki goes for goal for Hawks against Real Betis. Picture: Barry Zee
Mustafa Tiryaki goes for goal for Hawks against Real Betis. Picture: Barry Zee
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Hawks manager Shaun Gale is not ruling out a shock return to the club for striker Mustafa Tiryaki.

After departing Hawks at the end of last season, the Turkish striker has had summer trials with Football League outfits Tranmere Rovers and Scunthorpe.

But he pulled on the Hawks jersey again for the clash with Real Betis at Westleigh Park on Saturday.

So far, the hitman has been unable to secure a deal with a professional side.

He was not offered a contract with Scunthorpe but will return to Tranmere this week as they take a second look at the forward.

Gale is keen to bring another striker into his squad after losing Tiryaki, Giuseppe Sole and Manny Williams from last season’s team and sending young prospect Liam Sewell to Gosport on a loan.

‘I need another striker but will have to wait and see if it turns out to be Tiryaki,’ said Gale. ‘At the moment it is about 40/60 but I won’t rule it out.

‘It is no secret that he wants full-time professional football but, so far, that hasn’t happened for him.

‘I said for him to come back down here in the meantime with the possibility that something might be done.

‘We didn’t want to lose him in the first place and I would love to have him back.’

Tiryaki and strike-partner Williams did not hit the heights last season.

And the Hawks struggled for goals.

But, at his best, Tiryaki is a huge presence up front. He also has a great touch for a big man and a fearsome shot.

After a good pre-season and start to last season, though, Tiryaki went off the boil and became a frustrating figure at Westleigh Park.

‘He is still only a young lad and he had his head turned by a number of clubs after doing well,’ said Gale.

‘He will be the first to admit he didn’t deal with aspects of it very well.

‘A back injury didn’t help and, though he carried on playing, he couldn’t train.

‘He put a bit of weight on and lost his sharpness. He has had offers from other Conference teams but is still holding out for full-time football.

‘Obviously, I have to get on with finding a striker and have a few irons in the fire.

‘If I do bring someone else in then that would rule out Tiryaki returning so it is a case of waiting for people to get back to me.’