Young striker delighted to score first senior goal...

Gills striker Bradley Dack is hoping to push on and score more goals for the club as he looks to gain further opportunities in the first team squad.

Dack scored his first senior goal for the club in Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat to Crawley in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, and is hoping to add to that tally in the near future.

He said: “It meant a lot – it’s been a long wait to be fair and I thought quite a few times I should have got it earlier but I was delighted to get it.

“I gambled – the gaffer said go round the back from the throw-ins, it skidded off the turf and I sneaked the finish.

“We have great fans and I love the club and it was a dream to score – hopefully I can get one at home soon!”

Dack was top scorer for the youth side last season and has just recently signed a new three-year deal so is hoping to continue his development and become a regular scorer.

He added: “It’s a lot more physical than the youth team but I think I’m handling it OK – I could do better but we’ll see how it goes and hopefully get a few more goals this season.

“It was great to sign that deal and hopefully I will have many happy years here.

“It’s a good challenge for me – Hessy [Andy Hessenthaler] was great to me and the new gaffer has taken a liking to me straight away so I’m happy with that.”

Manager Martin Allen noticed Bradley’s talents early on having seen him on the team’s training camp in Le Touquet, and Dack is encouraged to see that the club is investing in the youth setup.

He said: “Pre-season started in France and he said I had done well and to keep scoring goals. They [the management and players] have been great to me and helped me out and it’s good when you’re working with players like that.

“It’s a good philosophy to have and we’ve seen that with the likes of Crewe who had a very young side and I don’t know why we can’t do that with the youngsters.”