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Gillingham loan defender Donervon Daniels is back at West Bromwich Albion but a return has not been ruled out

10 January 2014
by Luke Cawdell

Donervon Daniels

Donervon Daniels

Donervon Daniels went back to West Brom at the weekend but Gills boss Peter Taylor hasn’t ruled out a future return.

The young central-defender played just three games for Gillingham during his time at Priestfield. Taylor thinks Daniels has plenty to offer but needs time – something the Gills don’t have at present.

The Gills boss said: “Donervon is a great lad but there is a difference between playing under-21 football there (at West Brom), which is nice football and coming and playing football for a struggling League 1 team.

“We are not out the woods and the difference was hard. He understood 100% and so did West Brom. I told them I had to be more sure if I was going to put someone in the team.

“Donervon has been good as gold and is someone I could be interested in later on but not at this particular time.”

The difference between playing under-21 football for a top-flight side and playing first-team games is something that was highlighted by West Ham at the weekend, as their youngsters crashed to a 5-0 FA Cup defeat to a full-strength Nottingham Forest.

“There is nothing like result-football,” said Taylor. "All managers want their young players to go out on loan. They call it the real world and that’s what it is.

“To have the raving hump when you’ve lost is good for your career, because if it doesn’t matter then there is no way you are going to put in that extra yard.”


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