Dutch-born midfielder set for first Hawks start 

Hawks manager Lee Bradbury, right, is set to give a debut to his new recruit. Picture: Neil Marshall
Hawks manager Lee Bradbury, right, is set to give a debut to his new recruit. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Midfielder Djamel Leeflang is set to make his first start for the Hawks in tonight’s Portsmouth Senior Cup tie against United Services Portsmouth at Westleigh Park (7.45pm).

The Dutch-born 26-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in the 0-0 draw at Chesterfield.

His international clearance came through last week after previously playing in the Indonesian Premier League.

Before that he also had spells playing in the Maldives and Malta.

Lee Bradbury is hoping his latest signing will prove his worth in the middle of the park.

The Hawks boss said: ‘He can play anywhere in midfield and at 6ft-plus has a good presence.

‘Technically he is very good as you would expect coming from Holland.

‘Djamel has been training with us for a few weeks and we managed to get a deal and international clearance over the line.

‘His aim has always been to play football in England.

‘With his fantastic attitude and good physique he must stand a real chance.’

Last season he featured in every game for Lija Athletic FC in Malta despite being played out of position as a defensive midfielder. 

In February this year he returned to Indonesia to play for Perseru Serui in Liga One of the Indonesian Super League.

Bradbury is unlikely to risk too many of the side who featured in the Vanarama National League draw at Chesterfield.

He will include a mix of players who have been on the bench along with a number of youngsters.

Player coach Lee Molyneaux is expected to lead the side that could include the likes of Josh Huggins, Marley Ridge, Ryan Woodford, Nicke Kabamba and Aaron Cosgrave.