Dagenham & Redbridge: Oliver Hawkins joins Portsmouth for undisclosed fee

PUBLISHED: 15:09 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:09 31 August 2017

Oliver Hawkins has left Dagenham & Redbridge to join League One side Portsmouth (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Oliver Hawkins has left Dagenham & Redbridge to join League One side Portsmouth (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

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Forward departs Daggers for Pompey, ending an 18-month spell at Victoria Road

Dagenham & Redbridge forward Oliver Hawkins has joined League One side Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with Pompey, bringing an end to an 18-month spell at Daggers.

Hawkins arrived at Victoria Road from Hemel Hempstead Town of the National League South for a then club-record fee in January 2016, and went on to score 20 goals in 70 appearances for the Essex club.

His form last season, which saw Hawkins finish as Daggers’ top scorer, attracted many admirers from the Football League, though the National League outfit were able to keep hold of one of their most prized assets.

Throughout the summer, though, there had been talk of Hawkins leaving, with Portsmouth having previously had several bids rejected.

However, both Daggers and Pompey have now come to an agreement, with the striker moving to the south coast.

“‘Hawks’ came here a couple of years ago after we highlighted him as a player who we thought we could grow,” Daggers boss John Still told the club website.

“I thought he was outstanding last year even to the point where he pushed himself when he wasn’t 100% fit.

“He is one of a long line of players that have come through here, he’s got a move to a good club, a well-supported club, and he goes with the wishes of staff here that have worked tirelessly with him and I wish him the best of luck.”

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