Goalkeeper agrees new two-year deal at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium

Gillingham FC goalkeeper Tom Hadler has today signed a new two-year deal at the club, keeping him at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium until the summer of 2018.

“I’m relishing the opportunity, and hopefully I can really progress over the next two years,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready to step-up and push for a place in the first-team.”

The 19-year-old, who has had loan spells at Folkestone, Tonbridge Angels, Grays Athletic and Gloucester City, initially joined the Gills as part of the club’s schoolboy programme. 

Hadler left aged 15 to concentrate on his studies, and completed his A-Levels at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in 2014. He rejoined the club’s academy – initially on a part-time basis -  during the 2012/13 season, and signed a one-year professional contract last summer. 

He added: “I stayed at school to finish my A-Levels, so I feel the last two years were my time to really push on and develop. Hopefully I’ve done that and I can put into practice everything I’ve learnt next season. 

“Justin Edinburgh has been fantastic since he came in; he’s looked after me and kept on encouraging me to improve.  He’s been really supportive and hopefully I can repay his faith in me in the forthcoming years.”

Hadler is the third Gillingham player to agree at new deal at the club this summer, following neo-pro Darren Oldaker and Emmanuel Osadebe.

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