Gillingham manager Martin Allen confirms club are in negotiations with defender Joe Martin over new Priestfield contract
Gillingham boss Martin Allen has
revealed that he is trying to extend left-back Joe Martin’s stay at
Martin's current deal
expires at the end of the season and Allen is keen to keep the
defender, pictured, at the club on a long-term
Allen said: "Joe is a
fantastic player and since I have been here I have been so
impressed with him. We are in negotiations about him signing a new
contract for the club.
"He trains hard, he works hard, his attitude is to improve
and I think Joe is a great player. Andy
Hessenthaler is dealing with it and hopefully very soon he
will sign a new contract."
Martin has been on the sidelines with a
broken hand and had a scan on his wrist on
Thursday as the club monitor his progress towards a
return to action.
Allen said: "He has been working with the fitness coach on
various parts of his game that we think can improve and when you
see him running at the training ground you think 'what an athlete'.
He is an important part of how we play."
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