Josh Hawkes scored his first Tranmere goal on Friday – but the winger insists there’s much more to come this season. 

Hawkes scored a fantastic goal during Tranmere’s 2-0 win over Colchester United at Prenton Park.

His looping effort took a fortunate deflection beyond Shamal George to turn the tide for the home side.

Joining Rovers from Sunderland on deadline day, the English winger came highly recommended by Sunderland fans.

His confidence was clear as early as his first appearance.

An assist against Hartlepool set the tone for a quick rise into the first-team.

After scoring his first of the season against Colchester, earning his team three points, Hawkes is ready to kick on and keep winning.

“I’d like to the think within a season I can score a few goals,” Hawkes said.

“I don’t really have any targets as long as we’re winning games – that’s all that matters.

“Everyone wants to play and when you’re winning you want the ball.

“I think it’s important to work hard when it’s 0-0 to play the opposition and wear them down.”

Josh Hawkes darting through the midfield at Tranmere 2-0 Colchester – Photo taken by Ant Stonelake

That mentality will really endear Hawkes to the Tranmere fans and he will quickly become a fan favourite at Prenton Park.

Going forward, Hawkes is looking to become an essential part of the Tranmere set-up and boss Micky Mellon believes he has exactly what it takes.

“He’s a fantastic addition to the squad,” Mellon said.

“We were always determined to get some flair and class out in the wide areas so we were really pleased when we were able to get him.”

A Covid-hampered summer meant that the 22-year-old winger needed to take some extra time to get to full fitness.

Hawkes has only played one full 90 for Tranmere so far this season, against Rochdale in a losing effort at the start of September.

“He’s getting fitter,” Mellon added. “He didn’t come here as fit as everyone else because he was a little bit on the back foot [with Covid.]”

Josh Hawkes will be part of the Tranmere squad as they travel to Carlisle this weekend to continue their League Two campaign.