On-loan forward Antonio German keen to make a quick impact at Gillingham
By Luke Cawdell
On-loan striker Antonio German has already seen enough of
Gillingham to make him want to stay long-term.
The 21-year-old has made two substitute appearances for Martin
Allen’s side after recently joining on an initial one-month loan
from League 1 Brentford.
But with chances at Brentford limited and a summer of
uncertainty on the horizon, German (pictured) hopes to make a big
impact at Gillingham for a chance to extend his stay.
The former QPR frontman said: "I like it here. There are no
big-timers, everyone is level-headed and down to earth.
"The manager is great and it’s a good place to be. The
facilities here are good as well, for a League 2 club. My contract
(at Brentford) runs until the end of this season and I would love
to stay here after, for next season.
"It’s hard scoring goals when you are coming off the bench but
hopefully if I keep working hard in training, the gaffer will give
me a chance to start. I want to stay until the end of the season.
The original loan is just for a month and I will see that out and
hopefully if I do well, the manager will want to keep me."
German has known Allen for some time, having been coached by him
while he was a junior at QPR. When the Gills boss went knocking on
Brentford’s door – where he had made just four substitute
appearances this season – German didn’t have to think twice about
moving to Priestfield.
The striker said: "He has always been the same. He is a good
manager and motivator and has given me a chance here. There wasn’t
much to think about when they wanted me. It was a quick
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