The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Sam El­liott

BRIGHTON are cast­ing a watch­ful eye over Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge’s man of the mo­ment Oliver Hawkins. Hawkins notched a first-half hat-trick as he re­turned from in­jury as the east Lon­don side swept Wrex­ham aside 3-0 last week­end. John Still be­lieves the pow­er­ful striker could go far and his per­for­mances are al­ready at­tract­ing Foot­ball League in­ter­est. The FLP un­der­stands Brighton are one of a num­ber keep­ing tabs on the for­ward the Dag­gers signed from Na­tional League South side Hemel Hemp­stead in Jan­uary. His good form gave the club a fight­ing chance of League Two sur­vival and he was one of only a few kept at the club by Still over the close sea­son. The 24-year-old has worked his way up through the Non-League game hav­ing play­ing in Step 4 for North Green­ford, Hilling­don Bor­ough and North­wood. Brighton like the look of him and with the Da­gen­ham man­ager and Al­bion coun­ter­part Chris Hughton good friends, the Premier Leaguechasers could get first re­fusal. The Seag­ulls have al­ready done busi­ness with the Na­tional League club, loan­ing them tal­ented winger Jor­dan Maguire-Drew who is thriv­ing at the start of the sea­son.

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