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PENNOCK: "IT WAS A GOOD START"

Ady Pennock said it was pleasing to get through Friday night’s pre-season friendly against Faversham without any injury concerns.

10 July 2017

The Gills boss played two different teams either side of half-time to give all players 45 minutes on the pitch with the visitors winning 1-0 thanks to a first half strike from new signing Tom Eaves.

Following the game Ady said: “Everybody got 45 minutes but the biggest thing for me was to come through it with no injuries and it was a good workout for us.

“The players have come back really well and their fitness has been very good; we’ve worked them hard in Ireland, they’ve got GPS systems on their backs as well. It’s just nice to get back in the swing of things and it’s been a good start.

“It was a very good exercise and we’ve been treated really well. I’d like to thank Faversham Town for their hospitality; they’ve been very good.”

Read more: Faversham 0-1 Gillingham - Report.

One notable absentee was Aaron Morris; he wasn’t named in the squad and the manager revealed the midfielder may have to wait a little longer before returning to action.

He added: “He came to Ireland with us and he was doing a bit of training and it kept swelling up and we found he’d got a small tear in one of his cartilages, he might have to have a little operation but we’ll know more on Wednesday but fingers crossed he’ll be back sooner rather than later.

“He’s been working unbelievably hard and it’s just a little setback.

“I’ve been there and I know how he feels. It’s very frustrating and it’s a mental thing, it really is. I know his leg is swelling up but hopefully we can do something about that with the specialist that we’ve got but you have to give him a little bit of love because it’s a long, hard road for him.”

The club announced the capture of Spurs defender Connor Ogilvie prior to kick-off and Ady was happy to get the deal across the line.

He said: “We’ve been looking at him all summer, I know Connor from when he played at Stevenage last season, he’s had a great upbringing playing at Tottenham but the important thing for me to be honest was that he’s played league Football.

“He’s learning his trade and it’s good competition. It’s nice that we can go to the Tottenham’s in this world and pick one of their young lads and he’s just signed a new contract with them as well, it’s a good signing for us.”


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