NICK AWFORD believes his Hawks switch can kick-start his career.
The midfielder departed Pompey at the end of last month for a switch to Westleigh Park until the end of the season.
I was so proud to be out on the pitch playing for PortsmouthNick Awford
Awford is hoping to earn a new deal in that time while putting himself in the shop window.
His exit came after a lack of playing time with the Blues.
The 19-year-old son of Pompey boss Andy, feels his move is best for everyone.
‘I have only played four senior games of football this season and the rest of the time has been in the reserve team,’ said the recent Hawks recruit.
‘That’s not the same and this is what I needed.
‘Conference South is still a good standard and hopefully I can do well in it.
‘The best way to learn is by getting stuck into men’s football and that is what I am going to try to do.
‘I noticed that I probably wasn’t going to get anything again this season at Portsmouth, and I didn’t want to be left with nothing come July time.
‘It was important to get something organised as soon as possible and this seemed the best way of doing that.
‘I approached Portsmouth and they agreed that this was the best way forward.
‘They were as good as gold really and helped me all they could.’
Awford explained he left Pompey with plenty of fond memories, including a decent showing against Premier League outfit Stoke this season in the Capital One Cup.
He said: ‘I signed for Portsmouth when I was in the under-15s and have been there four or five years.
‘The highlight was being handed my full debut at Stoke City and, though it was a tough game, I was so proud to be out on the pitch playing for Portsmouth.
‘Another great occasion was the goal I scored for the youth team that took them through in the FA Youth Cup.
‘Portsmouth have been through some tough times but hopefully they are now coming through it.
‘They have got their own training facilities now and I am convinced they are on their way back up.’
Awford’s hoping to get more playing time at Hawks.
He said: ‘My aim first and foremost is to make an impression at Havant and try to get a deal for next season.
‘Playing for the Hawks will help me get my name out there and hopefully there will be people interested. First I want to do well for Havant.’