Hawkridge refusing to be swayed by scout rumours
Terry Hawkridge is determined to keep his focus for Gainsborough Trinity despite a host of clubs tracking the talented winger.
The exciting 22-year-old wideman has made a big impact since he joined the Blue Square Bet North side in the summer.
Hawkridge, who was a nominee for the Evo-Stik League Division One South player of the season award last season, hit four goals in pre-season for Trinity and has since scored one in the league and one in the Lincolnshire Cup.
And now Sunderland, Newcastle, West Ham and Walsall are thought to be among those tracking the player.
"I have heard a little bit about this club or that club being interested in me, but I have not heard anything concrete," said Hawkridge.
"It makes me happy in one way to know there are clubs watching me, but on the other hand, I am trying to do my best for Gainsborough Trinity.
"When you hear things about teams watching you, it does help your confidence and it does give you a lift. But on the other hand, it can make you try and do something silly when you should be making a simple pass, so it can affect your game."
The former Hucknall Town man still harbours dreams of making it into the Football League and the way he conducts his life reflects that focus and determination to remain healthy.
"I never really go out and you will never see me with a drink in my hand," said Hawkridge.
"I have never been drunk in my life and it is important to me that I remain as fit as possible."
Despite a difficult start to the season for Trinity, the performances of Hawkridge have given the fans a lift.
He will be in action again when Trinity welcome Droylsden for a Blue Square Bet North clash this Saturday (3pm).
"The fans keep telling me that I am playing well or that I have been the best player on the pitch and it is really touching," Hawkridge added.
"But I think I can do better and I certainly think I can score more goals. I have one in the league and one in the cup, but I would like to get few more.
"Droylsden will be tough on Saturday. They were beaten quite heavily by Corby so could still be hurting from that.
"Anyone can beat anyone in this league so you can never take anything for granted.
"I will be trying my best for Trinity, because no matter what I have heard about other clubs, Gainsborough is my focus and we are aiming to achieve promotion this season."
Droylsden (h), Saturday, October 13.