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22 July 2014

Gills boss Peter Taylor refuses to rule out any player as pre-season begins to gather pace

Peter Taylor says there is no need for him to worry about who will be in his starting line-up for the opening game of the league campaign at this stage during pre-season.

Gills drew 1-1 with Welling on Saturday which followed up victories over both Folkestone and Bromley, but Taylor says there is still plenty of time for members of the squad to change his mind over who should play at MK Dons.

He said: “There’s no need for me to worry about the team until August the 9th at two o’clock. I have an open mind, the door isn’t shut on any player and it’s up to them to show me and we still have four matches to go.”

One of which will be played against Dartford on Tuesday night, a club Peter knows well having managed the Darts for four years between 1986 and 1990.

He added: “I went to see them a couple of times last year and I’m delighted they have stayed in the league and hopefully Tony Burman gets enough budget to get some good players in to help.

“Everyone will probably get 45 and then I’ll think about 90 when we play Ipswich.

“Once we are five to six games in people will need 90 minutes before they play MK Dons.”

Taylor reflected on the draw at Park View Road at the weekend and said the team were unlucky not to have scored more goals in the first half.

He said: “It was a very good first half and I thought we played very well and should have been more than one up. Second half was disappointing but it was a very young team and I’m sure they will get a lot out of it and learn from some of the mistakes they made.

“I think we were unlucky not to score more goals.”

The Manager revealed that Aaron Morris could play some part at Dartford, but Josh Pritchard was unlikely to feature.

Joe Martin and Leon Legge could both make a return.

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