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14 February 2013

Winger joins Gills on 28 day deal...

Gillingham have signed winger Ryan Williams on a 28-day loan deal from Premier League side Fulham.

The 19-year old signed on Thursday morning and goes straight in to the squad for Saturday’s home fixture against Dagenham & Redbridge.

The Australian Under-20 International joined the Cottagers last January from Portsmouth for a reported fee of £500,000 having joined the Academy at Fratton Park in 2010.

There is an option to extend his stay at MEMS Priestfield if required.

This is what Martin Allen had to say about the deal in his midweek press conference:

“I’ve seen him a few times, Andy [Hessenthaler] went to watch him Monday and he goes straight in to our squad for Saturday. He’s positive, he can open up defences, he’s fast, he’s direct and is a good player.

“I had a couple of phone calls last night and I will meet him for the first time face to face this afternoon. I know enough people around Fulham who can give me a character reference and a personality reference.

“I know enough people at Portsmouth so I got enough information over the phone yesterday what he’s actually like off the field, I haven’t gone in blind and just taken him.

“He’s quick and I thought it would be an area, when playing at home, would help us.

“What I want from him is to take full backs on and get crosses in, playing in to that Rainham End will be fantastic and if he does what I know I have seen him do our supporters will love him.

“If he does well hopefully we may keep him. It’s a good deal financially for the club and gives us a position that perhaps we need strengthening.”

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