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Gills on-loan striker Joe Pigott admits his first priority is to be a success with Charlton

10 February 2014
by Luke Cawdell


Joe Pigott scores his first Gillingham goal. Picture Barry Goodwin

Joe Pigott scores his first Gillingham goal. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Goalscorer Joe Pigott admits his main priority is to be a success at Charlton Athletic.

The on-loan striker made his first Gills start on Saturday and capped it with a crucial goal.

But the 20-year-old, who signed a new three-year contract with parent club Charlton in September, remains very-much an Addick at heart.

Pigott said: “I am looking to kick on with the Addicks next season and even maybe towards the end of this season, we will just have to see how things pan out.

Joe Pigott celebrates

Joe Pigott celebrates scoring at Carlisle Picture: Barry Goodwin

“I will just try and do my best whether that’s here or there. I am happy at the moment.”

For now, he is giving his all for the Gills, something the Maidstone-born striker is more than happy to do.

He said: “Peter Taylor showed a bit of interest in me and that gave me the confidence to go to Gillingham and have a good start.

“I like to think I bring a bit of everything to the front-line, getting in behind and a bit of hold-up play but goals are what I enjoy.

“I joined Gillingham because I was keen to play. It is frustrating being on the bench and just coming on for a few minutes. I want to get as many games as I can and then you don’t know where it can take you.

Pigott struck for Gills late in the first half, with a cool finish under pressure.

“It opened up nicely for me to slot in and I just found that little gap,” said Pigott, who only found out he was starting on the morning of the game.

“Carlisle is a hard place to play but we got the three points.

“The conditions were terrible and with the wind and rain it was probably one of the coldest games I can remember playing. It was just good that we got the win.”

Pigott’s goal was enough for the Gills, who needed a second, which came from the prolific Cody McDonald.

And he has impressed Gillingham’s newest arrival.

The Charlton striker said: “Cody is probably one of the hardest working centre-forwards I have played with, in terms of chasing down defenders, like he did for his goal.”

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