Gillingham give free transfers to Ben Strevens and Connor Essam and release keeper Ross Flitney
Gillingham boss Martin Allen has made defender
Connor Essam and striker Ben Strevens available on free
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Ross Flitney has been
deemed surplus to requirements and has been released.
Strevens (pictured) will still be in the
squad for Gills' game at Bristol Rovers on Saturday and Allen
described him as 'a very important member of our squad.'
However, he added: "He has a great attitude
but finding him a place in the team and on the bench has proven to
"He will still be involved with us but I've
promised that if clubs come in for him, to give him an opportunity
to play and maybe earn himself a new contact, then we will not
stand in his way."
On Essam, Allen said: "Connor will be made
available on a free transfer to give him a good opportunity to find
a club as he is a good young player.
"The club will retain an interest by including
a percentage sell-on as I still feel Connor will have a good
Flitney has not featured under Allen although
he was was recalled from a loan spell at Eastleigh to sit on the
bench for the FA Cup defeat at Preston last month. He quickly
rejoined the Blue Square Bet South club on loan.
Allen said: "I have made this decision with
regards to Ross now to give him an opportunity of finding a club
for next season.
"A combination of Stuart Nelson, Tommy
Forecast and (goalkeeping coach Carl) Muggleton have worked
particularly well and we also have a good young keeper in Daren
Hawkes waiting in the wings."
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