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11 January 2013

Club News


11 January 2013

Gills boss says transfers have to be right for club...

Martin Allen says he is unsure if there will be any more new signings in the January transfer window.

The Gills Manager has brought in Leon Legge and Steven Gregory to bolster his squad, but says it may be the case that no further additions are made.

He said: “Will there be any new signings? I don’t know.

“It has to be right. The people have to be right and the deal has to be right for the club. The people that have to come in have to improve the starting 11 or give us something different.

“We have got another two players in, and the ones on the periphery I thought it would be fair to them to give them the opportunity to go out and play or earn themselves a better contract for next season.

“I thought, as a manager, that was me being reasonable. I could just keep them all here, there’s no problem there and there is no rush to force anyone out at this club.

“We made some initial signings last summer to add to what was already here and then the emergence of some of younger players with Davies, Dack and Allen have all stepped up to the plate.

“It’s been a good mixture, a good blend and now we have to continue that good form against Port Vale.

“The players have been absolutely fantastic, we have been top since the first few weeks apart from five days the other week when I was sat at Dagenham and the Vale fans were shouting `we are top of the league.`

“It was the longest 82 minutes of football I’ve ever watched but they went top because they deserved to be top that day. They had a very good performance and I have spoken to the players about how well they played and what a good team they are.”

Martin revealed that he did try to sign striker Lee Hughes earlier in the week, but said by the time he had tried to negotiate a deal, the player had already agreed to join Port Vale.

He said: “We did try and sign him but it was too late, he is a goal scorer and I’ve been in regular touch with Mr. Scally every day but it wasn’t to be. We were too late and he had agreed bits and pieces with Port Vale and he didn’t feel that he could then let them down which I respect.

“I worked with him at Notts County obviously and he did very well for me. When he decided to go to Port Vale instead of us I didn’t bang my head on the table, cry or bite my nails off. I just carried on because I have full confidence in our players and I have since day one.

“It’s part of my job that I have to try and improve the 11. We are making changes for this Saturday’s game to the team that have won the last two games and the players knew that from day one and that’s how it is.”

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