Gillingham defender Joe Martin says a new deal keeping him at the club is not far away
By Craig Tucker
Joe Martin says he is close to agreeing a new deal to stay at
The left-back is out of contract at the end of the season but is
loving life under manager Martin Allen and wants to remain at
The 23-year-old (pictured) said: "I’m hoping the contract will
be done in the near future. I think we’re looking at another two
years but I’ve stayed out of it really. I’m very happy at the club
and everything is going well.
"The chairman has built a good set-up – it’s a lot better than a
League 2 club – and the manager has been very good with me so I
couldn’t ask for more.
"There’s a misconception that he’s mad but there’s a meaning to
everything he does. He doesn’t do anything without it being thought
out and he’s very professional.
"I’m still young and Gillingham is a club that can help me
improve. It can play on a player’s mind if you’re out of contract
at the end of the season but it’s not a massive issue because at
the end of the day you can only do your job.
"If it’s sorted, great, but if not you carry on until you hear
Martin, who joined after leaving Blackpool in 2010, has
flourished under Allen and was an ever-present in the league before
breaking his hand in a match at Torquay at the end of October.
He made his comeback in the FA Cup second round defeat at
Preston last weekend after seven matches out.
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