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29 April 2021

"I’d love to be here next year under the new regime and a new style"

Oli Hawkins says that he is hoping to finish a season that has been hampered by injury on a personal high in the next three games.

The striker has been limited to just eight League starts this term after missing the vast majority of the second half of the campaign through a knee issue.

Having returned to the starting XI for the first time since 15 December on Saturday, the 29-year-old is targeting a positive end to a disappointing year to ensure that he is part of Paul Cook's plans moving forward.

"It was really good to be back out there," said the Town frontman.

"Unfortunately, we didn’t get the result [against AFC Wimbledon] but I was happy to come through injury-free and get minutes in the bank.

"I was unfortunate with a knee injury and it took seven or eight weeks to get back. When I was back, the new gaffer came in and all of the other strikers were fit. It’s been a tough few months for me with injury, then getting back to full fitness, then trying to make myself available and ready for selection.

"He came in when I was injured. I’m just trying to keep fit and if I’m selected by him, I’ll be ready and trying my hardest to do what I can. Hopefully he’ll like me and want me to stick around next year.

"The main reason why I came to Ipswich was the prospect of big crowds and being in a promotion-fighting team at a massive club. I’d love to be here next year under the new regime and a new style.

"Hopefully the fans will be back and there will be a buzz around. Unfortunately, I haven’t had that at Ipswich yet so I really want to look forward to that."

Hawkins training pre Wigan (A).jpg

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