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Nichols | "I am excited for the weekend"

One of Gills new signings is eager to make his debut as Hartlepool prepare to make the long journey to Kent for a crunch clash in Sky Bet League 2.

13 January 2023

Gills new striker is itching to get going as his debut draws near.

Tom Nichols, Gillingham's first signing of the Gallinson era, has been itching to get started at ME7 but with registration rules and being cup-tied, he has had to be patient.


His agonising wait is nearly over and the highly-rated striker aims to make an impact for Gillingham when they take on fellow strugglers Hartlepool in the huge Sky Bet League Two clash on Saturday.


The 29-year-old former Crawley player spoke with the media ahead of an important weekend at MEMS Priestfield Stadium. 


"I’ve settled in really well," said Nichols. "There are a good group of lads here and they were all very welcoming and the fans have made me feel welcome on social media. It’s been an easy transition and I just can’t wait to get going.


"I'm really looking forward to making my debut this weekend, it's been a long time coming. It is a huge game for the club and we need to get a result. I haven't been this excited to play in a long time and it’s always nice to play your first game at home. I'm excited for the weekend.


"I'm an all-action forward and I like to be involved in the game. I don't just stay upfront waiting for a chance, I like to create and score goals. I'm a creative forward who links the play and sometimes drops a bit deeper, but I can also mix it up.


"I met Neil Harris and really liked what he had to say. Gillingham is a big club with a great fan base. We are not doing that great in the league but that is what I am here for, to try and improve that.


"I wouldn't have come here if I didn't think we could pull ourselves out of trouble. There are good players at the club, they just need a little bit of help in the final third and the results will start changing.  With the new ownership, if we can get a few early good results, then things will snowball.


“It’s an exciting time at Gillingham but now we need to start winning some games and moving up that league. Let’s get the ball rolling and get some points on the board.”

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