Disappointing, would be a fair analysis of Charlton Athletic’s first season back in the third tier of English football.
A comfortable mid-table finish provided little for Addicks fans to shout about, but manager Karl Robinson will already be planning ahead for his first full season with the south London club.
Converting draws into wins last season cost Charlton a magnitude of points, with 18 ties recorded across the course of the season.
Robinson will know his side are not a million miles away from mounting a push for the top six, and several additions to his squad this summer should be enough to fire the club into the play off positions by May next year.
Robinson will be keen to add goals to his side, and one player who has the ability to contribute to the club’s attacking prowess currently plies his trade in the National League with former Football League side, Dagenham and Redbridge.
Oliver Hawkins joined the Daggers from Hemel Hempstead at the start of last season, and smashed an impressive 18 goals in his first season at the higher level.
The 25-year-old was integral in his side’s acquisition of a playoff spot, before succumbing to defeat to eventual winners, Forest Green Rovers.
After jumping up from the National South division and proving his quality, Hawkins may now be ready to make an even bigger jump to the upper reaches of League One.
A growing number of teams are taking a chance of non-league talent, and Hawkins should be the latest man to be given the chance to prove himself in the Football League.
Taking a punt on Hawkins should be a no-brainer for Robinson, and with only a year left on his contract with the Essex based Dagenham, the player should be available for a reasonable fee.
Hawkins has the ability to continue his goal scoring form with the Addicks, and a natural finisher such as himself would flourish when surrounded by the quality offered by League One players.