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11 January 2014

On loan Watford midfielder delighted to have joined the Gills until the end of the season

Gills new signing Connor Smith says he is eager to play as much as possible after joining on loan from Watford.

The midfielder, who has represented the Republic of Ireland U21 team on three occasions, took part in his first training session on Thursday, and has settled in very quickly at the club.

Speaking to the club’s official website he said: “It was my first day on Thursday, I’m really happy with the move. I’ve been trying to get on loan for a while from Watford but I’ve come in now and they’re a good group of lads.

“My agent was speaking to teams, Gillingham came up and it took just a few days to get it sorted.

“I’m very happy to be here.

“At my age I played a few games last year and some this year but never really consistently in the team so we had a talk and agreed I had to get out and play regular Football so hopefully I can do that here.”

Priestfield is no stranger to Smith who scored against the Gills in a pre-season fixture prior to the start of the 2012/13 season, and he also has an international colleague at the club in Michael Harriman who he knows well.

He added: “I played here last season and I scored so that was a good performance from us and obviously from there Gillingham have been promoted to another league and are doing well.

“When I made the decision to come here I text Michael and he’s happy here and been doing well and he told me they are a good group of lads.

"I was happy to sign anyway, but to have someone I know here makes it a lot easier.”

To see Connor’s interview in full click here.

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