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Gillingham boss Peter Taylor has agreed to play Mick McCarthy's Championship side Ipswich Town

By Luke Cawdell
Steven Gregory in action against Ipswich Town

Championship side Ipswich Town are the first to agree a match with Gillingham this summer.

The Tractor Boys narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs this season and are sure to give Peter Taylor’s team a tough work-out at Priestfield.

Gillingham have yet to officially confirm the fixture but it’s expected to take place on Saturday, July 26 – two weeks before the start of the new season.

Arranging the pre-season fixture list has been one of the many things of Taylor’s agenda this week.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy (centre) saw his team win 2-1 at Priestfield last year Pic: Barry Goodwin

“This is why I wanted to push to get things done (with a new contract),” said Taylor, who is good friends with Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy.

“I could have booked something for the next manager and he might not have wanted them. I am the manager and we will get booking them now.

“I imagine Elliot Hewitt (who was on loan last season with the Gills) will be playing and I think Ipswich is a really good friendly. I know they played them last year but to play Ipswich, it’s a good game.”

Cody McDonald scored for the Gills when they met Ipswich Town last year in a friendly match at Priestfield.

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