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Drysdale | "I am looking forward to the challenge"

Coventry loanee ready for the challenge at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

1 October 2020

Defender relishing the opportunity to be involved at ME7.

Declan Drysdale became the second Coventry player to sign for the Gills earlier this week, and he is ready to make his mark after agreeing a season-long loan deal at MEMS Priestfield Stadium.

The 20-year-old defender, who follows the arrival of Sky Blue team-mate Josh Eccles, is determined to claim a starting shirt and show what he is capable of on a weekly basis.

Speaking to the club website he said: “I’m delighted to be here. I had a positive talk with the gaffer last weekend and I’m at the stage in my career where I need to play games.

“I’m relishing the opportunity to come here and to do that. I want to help this team and contribute to a good season.

“It’s brilliant to have Josh here. I know him well. He was one of the main reasons I came. He told me good things about this Club.”

Gills are not short of defensive options with Tom O’Connor, Zech Medley, Jack Tucker and Christian Maghoma providing stiff competition for places, and Declan says this is a good thing as competition brings the best out of each individual.

“I need competition,” he said. “I need to do well here and hopefully I’ll get the shirt and play week in, week out. I’m looking forward to this challenge and what’s ahead.

“I like to do the basics of defending. I like to win my tackles, blocks and headers, but I also like to get the ball down and play. I am composed on the ball.”

If he gets his chance this Saturday in the Sky Bet League One fixture with Shrewsbury, the defender will be ready.

“Every game in this league is a tough test. That’s why I’m here to get that test regularly.

“The lads have started well. I’ve been watching their results and it could be a good season for us.”

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