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2 January 2013

Gills Manager reveals more players may arrive...

Martin Allen has revealed that there could be further signings in the January transfer window.

The Gills Manager has already brought in two new faces with Leon Legge and Steven Gregory signing contracts at MEMS Priestfield, but Martin has hinted that even more may arrive in the coming days and weeks.

Speaking after the game he said: “For Mr. Scally to get Legge and do that deal over the last few days has been a lot of work. I was here all day Sunday trying to get it sorted with the agent but its great that we have got him as a lot of clubs wanted him.

“Mr. Scally has pushed the boat out to get him thank god and we have missed Tom Flanagan there is no doubt about it. It’s a great acquisition – he is on loan but he has signed a two and a half year deal. He is a good signing for our club.

“This deal has been going on for a couple of weeks on and off. There are a few other players we are talking to, but with good players other clubs are involved.

“With Legge Mr. Scally has done well to get him, I didn’t think we were going to get him but he came up with it in the end. If we don’t get deals done then we will find someone else, those are the options and we have them all the way through.”

However Martin did concede that some players may have to leave the club in order to bring a couple more in, however he didn’t want to comment on any speculation or rumours.

He said: “In the next few days I might have to have a chat with a few of the players who I have found difficult to get in the squad. Danny Kedwell wasn’t involved [from the start] today because he was poorly and has been sick for the last couple of days so he had a fitness test at nine in the morning.

“There are a few others which I won’t go in to details about at the moment but I need to help those players because they are great lads and everyone in the squad have given me terrific backing and support as players.

“For some of them we might give them an opportunity to go out on loan or find deals with other clubs. I do my utmost to look after them all and respect them – we have a lot of players with a big wage bill and we need to try and trim it.”

One player who has left the club is Romain Vincelot who was due to play his final game for the Gills at Roots Hall, but Martin revealed a slight injury brought his loan deal from Brighton to an end before the New Year began.

He said: “Romain had a sore knee which is the reason he didn’t play. He was available but he didn’t train with us Friday and he wasn’t 100% against Barnet but I was never going to tell anybody that.

“We shook hands on it yesterday morning; the knee felt 90%, not 100%. God bless the loan was up so I don’t blame him, if this was the Champions League Final he would have played but if you are not 100% you don’t play so that’s why he wasn’t involved.

“That’s over, he has done a great job for our club and we all gave him a round of applause at training, we shook his hand and thanked him for everything he has done for the club and I’m sure the Gillingham supporters would say he has given absolutely everything.

“He certainly hasn’t been a loan signing that has just wasted our time and money, he has played a tremendous role in the special season we are having. Off the field he is a great guy, a real character from day one.

“On Christmas Eve we had a French breakfast, croissants just for him. He is a real popular character on and off the field.”

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