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Gillingham manager Peter Taylor starts pre-season schedule at Folkestone impressed with squad's spirit after training and bonding week in Essex

11 July 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor says there are plenty of positive vibes in the camp ahead of the start of pre-season Picture Barry Goodwin

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor says there are plenty of positive vibes in the camp ahead of the start of pre-season Picture: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor spent the week up close and personal with his Gillingham squad and believes the signs are good.

The Gills boss took his players for a week’s training and bonding in Essex ahead of their first pre-season match on Friday at Folkestone - and he’s been picking up plenty of positive vibes.

Taylor said: “I am pleased with the spirit and the attitude of the players is a determined one. I can already tell, after just a few days, that the spirit is good and it seems to be a touch different. There is more belief around the place.

“You always want to have a good season and I have been honest to the players. I’ve told them that if we prepare right, do it right and have the right attitude, then hopefully we can have a good season. I don’t know any more than that, nobody does.

“The players are hungry and there are some young players that have signed that have still got a lot to prove.

“They have given me the feeling they are desperate to do well, desperate to improve and that’s what I like about them.”

Gillingham had eight new signings during their week away – many of whom are still in their early 20s. It’s given Taylor’s squad a fresh new look.

He said: “I am pleased with what we have got but it will be a big, big test for us in League 1. We have to be ready from the word go and we are desperate to have a good start – just like 23 other teams in our division.”

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