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Gillingham striker Adam Birchall is mulling over loan offers while boss Peter Taylor would also listen to offers for Charlie Allen

07 January 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Adam Birchall in action for Gillingham against Oxford  Picture Barry Goodwin

Gillingham striker Adam Birchall in action last season Picture: Barry Goodwin

Offers have been made to take Gillingham striker Adam Birchall on loan.

And Gills boss Peter Taylor is leaving the decision up to Birchall, insisting the door isn’t closed for him at Priestfield.

“I am certainly not pushing him out of the door,” said Taylor.

“The arrival of (loan striker) Jack Marriott has probably been a bit of a set-back for Adam to be fair to him.

“He is a good lad and there are a couple of people that want him on loan. He has got to decide whether he wants that.

“I am allowing that to happen if he wants it but if he wants to stay here and fight for a place then that’s no problem.”

Adam Birchall celebrates his winner with the fans.

Adam Birchall celebrates his winner with the fans.

Birchall recently ended a loan spell with Dartford, where he scored twice in 23 appearances.

He is now behind Danny Kedwell, Cody McDonald, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Marriott in the striker pecking order.

“I went to see him against Wrexham and I weighed up everything and what I thought we needed now and I have gone with young Jack at the minute,” said boss Taylor.

“That is probably hard for Adam to accept but I think, as long as you are honest with players then they accept it a bit easier. He has been fine but I am sure he is disappointed.”

Charlie Allen in action for the Gills earlier this season Picture Barry Goodwin

Charlie Allen in action for the Gills Picture: Barry Goodwin

Taylor is also willing to let midfielder Charlie Allen leave on loan.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played for the Gills since Taylor took over. He has already had a spell on loan, at Tamworth, but played just nine minutes during his month away.

Taylor said: “At the moment he (Allen) is training with us every day and he is training well.

“It is something I would think about if the phone rang but it hasn’t at the moment and he can stay part of what we are trying to do.”

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