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BARRETT: A MASSIVE GAME

12 April 2013

Gills captain Adam Barrett looks forward to tomorrow's match at Cheltenham

The Gills travel to Cheltenham Town tomorrow fresh from securing promotion at MEMS Priestfield Stadium last weekend and skipper Adam Barrett admits he’s hungry for more success, “It was fantastic to clinch the promotion with a few wins to spare and fantastic to do it at home but we have got a massive game tomorrow.

“Cheltenham are in and amongst it themselves, they’re looking for promotion and I think they’ve got a very, very strong home record. We’ve got a strong away record so we’re looking forward to it. There’s great determination within the squad and we want to finish the job that we set out to do.

“If we win on Saturday we’re champions and that’s what we set out to do. We’re in a fantastic position and I want to make sure that I lift that trophy and we become Champions. To lift the trophy as captain of this football club would be a very proud moment for me.”

Winning the League would be Gillingham’s first title success since 1963/64 and Adam is determined to finish the campaign on a high, adding, “The club’s only one a title once, its 50 years since they won it before and these opportunities don’t come around too often.

“I’ve been lucky enough to win a title before and it’s a special occasion. To go up as Champions and to be the best team in the League is something that every player should strive for and we’re in a fantastic position to be that. We want to make sure we do that.

“There is a great hunger in the dressing room, amongst the squad players, we’ve worked extremely hard all season and they’ve put in a hell of a lot of effort. Just to be promoted and to let the title slip would be crazy, so we’ll be focused and it’s nice because a little bit of the pressure is off now.”

Adam paid tribute to his team mates and to the club’s coaching staff but insists there’s still work to be done before the celebrations can begin, “I’m extremely proud, it’s been a great honour to come here to this fantastic football club and be captain, first and foremost.

“We’ve got a great set of lads here and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with them. The staff have been tremendous and it’s a real tight knit group. We’ve all stuck together and over the 46 games so far we’ve been the best team in this division.

“It’s not about one person, it’s been a tremendous effort. It’s about everyone this year, we’ve all played our part, even the loanees that have come in have all done extremely well. But we haven’t got there yet and now we just need to remain focused and finish the job off.”

To watch Adam’s interview in full click here

For our preview of the Cheltenham match click here

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