Former Oxford United and Newport County player bolsters club's backroom staff.

Gillingham FC today announces the arrival of former pro Wayne Hatswell as the club's first-team coach.

The 41-year-old, who had spells at Oxford United, Cambridge United and Newport County during his lengthy playing career, will work alongside manager Justin Edinburgh and his assistant David Kerslake in his new role.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for me,” he said. “Justin and Kers are great to work alongside, they’re professional, their man management is excellent and hopefully I can add to that on and off the field and help the club progress even further this season.

“We all get on really well, which is key with any staff. Justin gave me an opportunity at Newport previously and I feel we worked together professionally in a really hands-on role.”

Holder of a UEFA A licence, Hatswell previously joined the Gills as the club's U18s coach last July, before joining the Welsh Football Trust. 

He added: “I’m really pleased to be back – it doesn’t feel like I’ve been away. Once I spoke to Justin and the opportunity came up, I didn’t feel like I could turn it down.”

Hatswell is the latest addition at the club ahead of the 2016/17 EFL League One season, alongside players Mark Byrne and Billy Knott.

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