David Kerslake keen to get season started after agreeing to become Justin Edinburgh's Assistant Manager

Gills new Assistant Manager David Kerslake says he is looking forward to working with former team-mate Justin Edinburgh ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Kerslake agreed to become Justin’s right hand man earlier this week having played together at Tottenham in the 90’s.

The 49-year-old replaces Andy Hessenthaler who joined Leyton Orient as Ian Hendon’s Assistant in late June.

Speaking to Gills PlayerHD, Kerslake said it was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.

He said: “I’m really pleased to be here, I’ve known Justin quite a while now and I’ve watched him progress as a Manager and when he offered me the opportunity to become Assistant Manager I jumped at the chance.

“Justin phoned me when Hess resigned; he gave me a call and asked if I would be interested. I said Yes so he spoke to the owner to make sure everything was OK and we agreed on Saturday.

“Justin is a friend and very much a progressive Manager. I’ve played here and come here as a member of staff and it’s always been a well-run club.

“The boys are a good group and you can see they are working hard so that will bode well for myself and the rest of the coaching staff.”

Kerslake added he is as excited as ever by the thought of a new season and is looking forward to the opening game against Sheffield United on August 8.

He added: “Of course, yes. You can’t wait for the fixtures to come out; you can’t wait for the FA Cup draw either. It never leaves you.”

You can see the interview in full with David on Gills Player.