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Jake Hessenthaler



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Hessenthaler, son of former Gills player and manager Andy, forced his way in to first team consideration following the arrival of Peter Taylor in October 2013. 

He soon became a regular in the starting XI, scoring an incredible first goal for the club from just inside the halfway line in a 4-2 victory against Coventry City at the MEMS Priestfield Stadium in March 2014. 

Having begun his youth career at Chelsea, Hessenthaler was released by the London club and joined Gills as a teenager, progressing through the system with the likes of Bradley Dack and Callum Davies.

He made his Football League debut against Rotherham United in November 2013, and signed a four-and-a-half year contract at the club three months later.

Hessenthaler's aforementioned goal against the Sky Blues earned him the coveted Goal of the Season prize at the 2013/14 Player of the Year awards; on the same night he was voted the club's Young Player of the Year. 

He scored twice during the 2016/17 campaign, during which he made 33 appearances for the club.