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EDINBURGH: LOAN PLAYERS HAVE HAD MASSIVE IMPACT

24 March 2016

Justin Edinburgh has praised the impact that loan players have made this season and believes they have a great part to play in the coming weeks.

The Gills have brought in players such as George Williams, Adam El-Abd and Andrew Crofts in recent weeks and all have impressed in their first few performances for the club. 

Edinburgh: "All the loan players that we've had in this season have made a really big impact, not only on the pitch but within the group and this is something that is important to me.

"You have to make sure that the personnel coming in is right and all of those that have come in for us have played their part. We've got some good bodies here now and they will be a valuable part of the squad for the rest of the season."

With the loan window ending on Thursday, the manager confirmed that no more loan signings will be made, but hailed the acquisition of the returning Andrew Crofts. 

He said: "Crofts coming in for the rest of the season is a fantastic signing for us and the Chairman deserves a lot of credit for getting the deal over the line. 

"With the players we have now, and with many close to returning, I am more than happy with the squad I have going into the final stages of the season."

The Gills have remained in the top four all season, however this impressive feat may come to an end on Saturday with the Gills not having a game. Fifth placed Millwall travel to Bradford and would overtake the Gills in fourth position with a win.

"It would be disappointing to drop out of the top four as it's something we haven't done all season, however Bury is our next game and our main focus," said Edinburgh. 

"We know it's going to be difficult away at Bury. The last few games have been tough for us as three of the last four have been away from home. 

"We've been to some tough places in Scunthorpe and Southend this month, and come away with two valuble points and hopefully we can get a result at Bury on Monday.

"I set a target at the start of the season to beat last year's points total and we've done that with eight games to go. We've improved this year and been a real consistent side, which has been a real factor for our success."

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