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Clarke | "I'm feeling good"

Jayden Clarke says he is feeling as fit as ever as the new season approaches.

25 July 2023

Gills forward reflects on the victory over Dartford and his transition into full-time Football.

Jayden Clarke's progression from part-time footballer to pro should be an inspiration to anyone who wants to lace up their boots and make a name for themselves in the English Football League.

The attacking-midfielder, who signed from Dulwich Hamlet in January and also spent time in the Tottenham Academy in his youth, offered one bit of golden advice to would-be professionals... 'believe in yourself'.

"You have to believe in yourself," he said after netting against Dartford in a 5-0 friendly victory. "I love it here at Gillingham. I've come from part-time football, just Tuesdays and Thursdays, to training everyday and I feel like that is what I needed. I've been working towards being a full-time footballer my whole life, so it's good to finally be here. I'm enjoying it and I'm up to speed.

"I feel like this is the fittest I have been, I'm feeling good and ready to go.

"Stats talk, so I need to score and assist as many as I can and help the team. I'm confident of getting into the starting 11, I believe in myself. I just need to be patient and be ready to take a chance.

"It was a good team showing against Dover, and it was a different game to the last two we had with Millwall and Charlton. We had more of the ball and put in a good performance.

"It was nice to score for the team. Even in pre-season when you are not scoring you do think about it. Once you get the first it gives you that bit of confidence, so hopefully more will come."

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