Pennock wants more Gills signings
Pennock wants more Gills signings

Adrian Pennock is hoping to bring in a few more new faces to Gillingham before the new season starts.

Pre-season wins against Faversham Town (1-0) and Dartford (2-1) have lifted the mood in the Gills camp after a difficult end to their League One campaign last season.

A trip to Ireland too has helped with conditioning of the players ahead of the new campaign, but despite two wins under the belts, Pennock is hoping to bring in some fresh faces ahead of Gillingham’s League One opener against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 5th August:

“I’ve got to say the Chairman has been brilliant. He’s backed us and I’m very pleased but I’d like to get a couple more if I can. I’m very happy but the work hasn’t finished yet.”

“We’re always looking obviously but [regarding trialists] we’ll make decisions at the end of this week.”

Pennock opted to play some of the club’s younger players at Princes Park on Tuesday night and he believes there could be chances for some in the coming months:

“I love to see the young lads come through and I think everybody does really and like I said before if they’re good enough they’ll play.”

“I thought young Ben (Chapman) done really well, Finn (O’Mara) done well, Jack (Tucker) did well at the back in the last half hour so there was some good performances, but I thought everybody did really well and again Dartford, just like Faversham on Friday, really looked after us.”

“I think taking the whole XI off worked to be fair and on Saturday the lads who played 30 will get an hour and vice versa.”

“There was some good Football and again it was played in the right way, both teams deserve a lot of credit. I thought the fitness levels were good.”

Alex Lacey and Tom Eaves sat out the game against The Darts with Pennock explaining why:

“Alex has jarred his knee, nothing serious but just being sensible,” he said. “It’s a bit sore, it was one of those ones where no-one was near him and it just gave way. He’ll be a couple of weeks.”

“Tom Eaves woke up and felt his abductor a little bit tight. Again, just being sensible.”

“I’m not going to rush them, we’ll see how this week goes.”

Meanwhile, Aaron Morris will see a specialist later in the week regarding his knee injury and remains the club’s only long term injury doubt.