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Gillingham boss Martin Allen heaps praise on Romain Vincelot as Frenchman returns to Brighton after loan spell ends

Frenchman Romain Vincelot returned to Brighton this week as his loan spell with Gillingham expired.

Gills boss Martin Allen thanked the 27-year-old, pictured, for his efforts after making 11 appearances for the League 2 leaders, scoring the winning goal against AFC Wimbledon on his debut.

Allen said: "He has done a great job for our club and we all gave him a round of applause the previous day in training and thanked him for everything.

"I am sure the supporters of Gillingham will say he has given absolutely everything. He hasn’t been a loan signing who has wasted our time and money, he has played a tremendous role in the special season we are having on and off the field.

"He is a great guy; a real character from day one and on Christmas Eve we had a French breakfast with croissants at the training ground. He has been a real popular character on and off the field."

Vincelot missed out on the New Year's Day trip to Southend with a slight knee injury he had been carrying for several days.

"That’s the reason he didn’t play," said Allen. "We shook hands on it, he was 90% but not 100% and, God bless, his loan was up.

"If it was the Champions League final he probably would have played but you can probably get a drift from how I am, that if you are not 100% you don’t play."

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