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Willock | "Everyone is competing"

Former Manchester United man feeling positive following club's training camp.

12 July 2019

One of Gills new signings pleased to be spending time with his new teammates at the club's training base in Essex.

Matty Willock believes the club’s four-day training camp will have a positive effect on the squad going forward.

The team have been in Essex this week, working on a number of different fitness initiatives ahead of matches against both Folkestone and Dartford, and the former Manchester United man believes the extra time spent together will pay dividends, especially for the new signings.

Speaking to iFollow Matty said: “It’s been good to spend some time with the boys, I’ve enjoyed it.

“We’ve done a few pitch sessions, today we were in the spinning class and we used the swimming pool as well, so we’ve been doing everything.

“It’s given me time to bond with the lads. You get to know them at training but when you come to a place like this and you’re spending all day together that’s when you get to know each other and it’s good, helping us bond.

“I think everyone is competing, everyone is challenging each other in training. I think the gaffer is probably still working out his best squad so it’s a good opportunity for everyone to show what they can do.”

Willock was given Regan Charles-Cook as a roommate, and the two go back a lot more than people may think, as the midfielder explained:

“Yeah he’s good, he’s on the phone a lot to his missus, keeping me up, but it’s been good! I knew Regan before I came here, I was in the academy with him at Arsenal when we were kids so I sort of knew him already.

“Regan played a bit different back then, he was more of a defensive midfield player, but since I’ve come to Gillingham I’ve noticed he’s changed, he’s more dynamic now, he runs with the ball and I think he’s developed as a player which is good to see.”

Gills will have to wait another three weeks to take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat for the opening fixture of the new season, but Matty says the excitement will only build as pre-season develops.

He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s frustrating, it’s more exciting. At this stage I think everyone is just finding their feet; I think I’ve been getting better with every single day of training and more minutes can only help me as a player."


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