Moss: I can give Hawks cutting edge up front

Ryan Moss, right, with Hawks boss Stuart Ritchie  Picture: Dave Haines
Ryan Moss, right, with Hawks boss Stuart Ritchie Picture: Dave Haines
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The Hawks believe new striker Ryan Moss has the quality to cut opposition defences open next season.

Moss has signed a one-year deal at Westleigh Park, with manager Stuart Ritchie beating a host of other non-league clubs for his signature.

The 25-year-old spent four years at Dorchester Town before ending up at AFC Totton for the final three months of last season.

He obviously made an impression with Ritchie, who was keen for Moss – a senior mortuary technician – to follow him to Westleigh Park.

And having been a regular scorer against the Hawks during his time at the Avenue Stadium, Moss is determined to play a key role in his new side’s ambitious plans for the new season.

‘It is a great facility at Westleigh Park and they have ambition,’ said Moss.

‘With Dorchester, I spent most of my career looking down at the bottom end of the table.

‘Now it will be a nice change to start looking upwards.

‘I’ve had a good record scoring against the Hawks for Dorchester and now maybe I can bang a few in for them instead.

‘The Hawks have always been regarded as a big club but have lacked a little in recent years.

‘Other Conference clubs regard them as a soft touch without a cutting edge up front.

‘I am an old-school physical centre-forward.

‘It is all about being a targetman and winning my headers in the box.

‘Defenders regard me as a nuisance.

‘I like to feel comfortable wherever I play and I enjoyed my time under Stuart Ritchie at Totton.

‘This is certainly the best move for me at the present time.’

The Hawks begin their pre-season friendly programme with a visit to Southern League Winchester City on Saturday, July 7.