Peter Taylor more than happy to have selection headaches ahead of the new season

Peter Taylor says he would welcome having a selection headache when it comes to picking his first team for the opening game of the new season at MK Dons.

The Gills have played two matches in pre-season and won back to back fixtures against Folkestone and Bromley, but despite that the Manager said there is plenty of time for players to convince him they should be in the first XI.

He said: “There is a long way to go and we still have five friendlies so there is plenty of time for things to happen and hopefully I have big headaches to have when picking the first XI because everyone is doing well and that would be a lovely problem.

“The fitness levels are the most important thing; a result is nice but if we lose it doesn’t mean we are a bad team. The players have worked extremely hard and have showed good levels [of fitness]."

Brennan Dickenson and Danny Kedwell have got on the score sheet in both matches so far and Peter is pleased with their contribution.

He added: “Both have had good starts in pre-season and it’s nice for any forward to get a goal and I quite like the way we are passing it around and everybody is getting involved.

“Everybody is trying to play the same way which is nice too.”

Finally Peter revealed how good it was to see George Howard at Bromley – the keeper was back at Hayes Lane, from where he signed for Gillingham last summer, following his accident in South Africa.

Taylor added: “It was nice to speak to him along with his Mum and Dad and I know how much they have appreciated the players’ and clubs’ commitment to George and that’s why Football is a fantastic job because it brings everyone together.

“He got a great round of applause and rightly so.”

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