But now the striker is firmly focused on the Blues’ League One promotion push – and will assess his future at the end of the season.
Hawkins has been confined to just 10 appearances so far this campaign.
That’s primarily because he’s fallen behind summer signings John Marquis and Ellis Harrison in the pecking order, although the ex-Dagenham man has also suffered numerous injuries.
Hawkins’ eye-catching substitute cameo in Tuesday’s 3-2 EFL Trophy semi-final win was his first outing for more than a month, while he hasn’t featured in the league since New Year’s Day.
The 27-year-old conceded his lack of involvement made him weigh up his options during the January transfer window.
With his three-year deal expiring in June, Hawkins accepts he may be have to seek pastures new to feature on a regular basis.
But in the meantime, he’s determined to help Kenny Jackett's side enjoy a Championship return.
Hawkins said: ‘Wanting to leave or potentially going somewhere is at the back of my mind.
‘My full focus is on being ready and being there now until the end of the season to get Pompey promoted into the Championship. Then whatever happens will happen.
‘Any player who is not involved, not playing much or out of squads will tell you it is tough.
‘Your mind does wander and you sort of think “am I able to get out and go to another team and play?”
‘It probably did cross my mind (about leaving in January).
‘I am the sort of player at the point in my career where I do need to play games to get up to full fitness and show my best.
‘Obviously, at the moment it is tough. I would like to stay here until the end of the season, get Pompey promoted and then see where my future lies.’