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Ady Pennock says he is still looking to add a couple more players to his squad before the new season begins.

12 July 2017

Gillingham made it two wins out of two in their pre-season friendly against Dartford on Tuesday evening with Gabriel Zakuani and Josh Parker both finding the net.

The Gills boss named one team for the first hour before changing all 11 players for the remainder of the game, and although he’s happy with the set of players he has he believes he requires a couple more players to finalise his squad.

He said: “I’ve got to say the Chairman has been brilliant. He’s backed us and I’m very pleased but I’d like to get a couple more if I can. I’m very happy but the work hasn’t finished yet.

“We’re always looking obviously but [regarding trialists] we’ll make decisions at the end of this week.”

A number of young players featured at Princes Park on Tuesday, and the manager is pleased to see some of the club’s home grown talent coming through.

He added: “I love to see the young lads come through and I think everybody does really and like I said before if they’re good enough they’ll play.

“I thought young Ben done really well, Finn done well, Jack [Tucker] did well at the back in the last half hour so there was some good performances but I thought everybody did really well and again Dartford, just like Faversham on Friday, really looked after us.

“I think taking the whole XI off worked to be fair and on Saturday the lads who played 30 will get an hour and vice versa.

“There was some good Football and again it was played in the right way, both teams deserve a lot of credit. I thought the fitness levels were good.”

Neither Alex Lacey nor Tom Eaves featured against Dartford, and Pennock explained why they were not involved.

“Alex has jarred his knee, nothing serious but just being sensible,” he said. “It’s a bit sore, it was one of those ones where no-one was near him and it just gave way. He’ll be a couple of weeks.

“Tom Eaves woke up and felt his abductor a little bit tight. Again, just being sensible.

“I’m not going to rush them, we’ll see how this week goes.”

Aaron Morris will see a specialist later in the week regarding his knee injury.

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