Terry Hawkridge ready to work hard for Gainsborough Trinity
Gainsborough Trinity fans can expect a few tricks to go with a lot of hard work from summer signing Terry Hawkridge.
The former Carlton wide man has already shown signs of promise during the Blues' impressive pre-season campaign.
But, the 22-year-old is playing down what has been a high-octane start to his Gain sborough career, claiming his main target is to help his new club achieve promotion to the Blue Square Premier, writes Dave Marshall.
"I think I have scored four goals since I arrived here," said Hawkridge.
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"It's not bad going, but my main aim is to assist the club in their promotion push.
"It is wicked here. The lads and the fans have made me feel very welcome and I can't wait for the season to start on August 18. I am enjoying it a lot.
"Even in the pre-season games, the fans have been shaking my hand and wishing me luck. I was nervous when I came here because it is a big club, but they have helped me to settle in."
Hawkridge, who was a nominee for the Evo-Stik League Division One (South) player of the season award, became the second player to sign for Steve Housham's side earlier this summer, with the Trinity boss delighted to finally sign the exciting wide man.
"Terry is a very exciting young prospect," said Housham after sealing the deal.
"I knew of the player when I was at Brigg Town, but with about £20 a week to offer the boy, we couldn't afford him.
"He has bundles of pace and skill and, to be honest, there were a lot of clubs having a look at him, not just at this level, but also from higher up in football.
"I am delighted to get him to the club, he will be a good acquisition and a very useful addition to the squad."
Hawkridge is likely to be involved when Trinity begin their Blue Square North campaign at home against Gloucester.
The winger, although accustomed to bigger crowds during his time at Hucknall, was more used to playing in front of 150 when at Carlton.
"I really can't wait to play in front of the bigger crowds," Hawkridge added.
"I hope they will like what they see. I will always give 100 per cent and work as hard as I can for the team.
"I am hoping to bring a bit of creativity to the team with assists as well as goals. The fans can expect a few tricks from me and a lot of hard work.
"I enjoy playing on the wing so I would expect to create more goals for others than I score myself.
"But I have still set myself a target of reaching double figures. If I could get 10 or 11 goals in my first season I would be happy with that."