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Hawkes looks ahead to Walsall test

11 February 2022

Rovers winger Josh Hawkes explained in detail how his permanent move to the Wirral Peninsula came about in his interview with local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Walsall. 

Josh started his interview by talking about the importance of the victory against Swindon, he believes it puts Rovers in good stead for the weekend.

"I think it was a really good result, I said on Saturday with the draw at Barrow we needed to back it up with a win and we did that. It puts us in good stead for the weekend.

Josh also talked about the importance of taking care of business with sixteen games left between now and the end of the season, with every win making things easier for Rovers and harder for the chasing pack.

"It's every week just trying to get the three points really and hoping the teams behind you slip up. But, it's taking care of your own business and if you can keep getting three points every week it makes their job a lot harder and it makes it a lot easier for us.

Hawkes went into detail on how his permanent move to Prenton Park came about in his press conference, he cited his reasons for returning to the club and talked about the conversation he had with Micky Mellon.

"I was expecting really to just be coming back on loan. I had the conversation with the gaffer and he said we want to get me on a permanent.

"As soon as he said that I weighed up a lot of things and I was really enjoying my time here playing football every week. I was a bit in and out of it at Sunderland and I didn't really know what was happening.

"When he (Micky) said he wanted to sign (me) permanently it was something I had to consider and when I spoke to my family it was something that just fit in right.

Josh also offered a quick glance ahead to Saturday's game. With Walsall having just sacked their manager the 23-year-old admitted that it's harder to know what to expect from their opponents.

"You don't really know what to expect, they could completely flip the team and it could be completely different people in it. But, we go there expecting to win and get another three points.

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