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New signing Stephen Bywater could go straight into the starting XI for Gillingham's League 1 game against Yeovil Town

By Luke Cawdell
Glenn Morris on the stretch between the sticks
Glenn Morris on the stretch between the sticks

Peter Taylor faces a goalkeeper dilemma for the first home game of the season.

The Gills boss must decide whether to start new loan signing Stephen Bywater or stick with Glenn Morris.

Taylor was forced into the transfer market this week following an injury to last season’s player-of-the-year Stuart Nelson.

Nelson could be missing for up to three months with a hand ligament injury sustained during last weekend’s season opener at MK Dons.

Morris replaced Nelson then and made his first full appearance in midweek, as the Gills beat Yeovil Town in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

New signing Bywater arrived from Millwall on Friday, joining on loan until January 3.

Speaking to the club’s website, Bywater said: “I am here to help the team and to do well for the club. I don’t expect anything but I am prepared for everything. I will do whatever I can for Gillingham.

“It’s a new experience a new start and I am here to learn and enjoy myself.

“I’m super fit and ready to go and I’ve had a good pre-season. The gaffer at Millwall has treated me extremely well and I have had loads of minutes playing. I am match fit and raring to go.”

Bywater has been with a number of different clubs, since turning professional at Rochdale, with permanent spells at West Ham, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday, clocking up close to 300 Football League appearances.

He has been on the bench for Millwall’s opening two games of the season.

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