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Connor Smith is closing in on his first Gillingham start as they prepare to host Port Vale on Saturday.
The on-loan Watford midfielder has been named on the bench in the last three games, making just a brief appearance at Colchester.
Gills boss Peter Taylor insists, however, that he is not as the club to fill the bench.
Taylor said: “Connor is a good player and certainly not here to make the numbers up.
“He will play and he will push Jake Hessenthaler, Amine Linganzi and Steven Gregory. I also have the option of playing him in a three-man midfield.
“He could start. He is a good player. I have been patient because I didn’t want to bring him in when it was the wrong game. I want him to come and show what he can do.”
Two players who look set to miss out again are Chris Whelpdale (ankle) and Charlie Lee (knee).
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