Hawkins: Pompey fans haven't seen best of me
Oli Hawkins surveyed the upcoming campaign and insisted: Pompey fans have yet to see the best of me.Â
The striker is confident he has more to bring to the table as the Blues bid for promotion from League One thisÂ season.Â
Hawkins moved to Fratton Park from Dagenham & Redbridge for an undisclosed fee last summer. He made 42 appearances duringÂ his maiden campaign, scoring eight goals.
TheÂ 26-year-old often was aÂ back-up marksman to skipper Brett Pitman, while he was also served as a makeshift centre-back at times because of injuries.Â
Hawkins felt he had a stop-start first season at PO4 and is adamantÂ the Fratton faithful will see all of his prowess nextÂ term.
He said: '˜I think Pompey fans have yet to see the best of me. They probably haven't seen a 100 per-cent fit Oli Hawkins, or if they have I may not have got the time I should have or I maybe didn't quite perform.
'˜I have definitely got more to bring. If fans liked what they saw then I can only show more which I'm going to look to do nextÂ season.
'˜I've met a few fans and they've said nothing but good things to me. They obviously know my situation so hopefullyÂ I can go into next season bringing my power and height to the team and score some goals.
'˜I know that I can score goals. I just need more time and a little more faith maybe and I've proved where I've been before that I can score goals. I scored goals in lower divisions and I think I canÂ bring it here if don't have a stop-start season.
'˜It was a whirlwind start. Gradually bits becameÂ normal but I think I got there andÂ in the end it will show.'
This summer marks Hawkins' first full pre-season with Pompey.
Last year, he arrived on transfer deadline day from Dagenham & Redbridge.
The former non-league talent readied himself for the summer campaign by working with the Blues' sports scientist Jeff Lewis while off duty.
And HawkinsÂ hopes he'll reap the rewards when it reaches theÂ business end of the season.
He added: '˜I'm looking to get bigger and strong for the season ahead.
'˜I worked more than I have in any pre-season before knowing the league and where I need to improve.
'˜It was a few days a week with our sports scientist JeffÂ Â helping me with my legs, injury prevention exercises and keeping my touch.Â Hopefully it will pay off towards the end of the season.'