A message from the Gaffer

Steve Evans has a message for Gills fans.

Manager Steve Evans has been left frustrated on Transfer Deadline Day with Gillingham unable to secure potential new additions to the first team squad.

Evans said: "There were a couple of clubs who had a late change of heart and did not want their players to leave because they failed to secure their own targets.

"Further, we could not agree personal terms with two players' representatives, we must never jeopardise this football club's financial future especially given recent events at Bolton Wanderers and Bury."

However the Manager went on to add that he still expects a signing or two before the weekend given that he is in talks with the representatives of players, and the players themselves are not subject to the transfer window, as in they are, as of the transfer window closing, free agents.

The Gaffer continued: "I would like to acknowledge the support of the Chairman because we went for a couple of very talented players today with confirmed written offers.

"There is no doubt we have a small squad, but we have created some further room in the budget given the exits today. Let me assure everyone there have been no paid off contracts to any levels in the last few weeks, or today, that would give anyone any concern, each represented good value for this football club and credit goes to the Chairman and the lads themselves.

"Once again I would like to re-emphasise to the Gills supporters who have been nothing short of superb in my short time here, that we will only sign players who can add something to the group, who can bring quality to the group, and can increase the strength and unity of the squad. We will not sign players for the sake of making a signing and I think this was demonstrated when we waited patiently to add Olly Lee and Tommy O'Connor last week."