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Gillingham coach Steve Lovell says new recruits must fit in with club's philosophy

By Luke Cawdell

Gillingham coach Steve Lovell is looking forward to working with a group of players who fit into their way of doing things.

A summer rebuild is under way at Priestfield following last season’s disappointing showing.

The Gills coaching staff came in midway through the 2017/18 season but now head coach Ady Pennock is bringing the men he wants to the club.

Steve Lovell says Gills are putting together a squad of players who want to be winners Picture Barry Goodwin

Steve Lovell says Gills are putting together a squad of players who want to be winners Picture: Barry Goodwin

Lovell said: “Recruitment is massive, to get the right players in, to fit into the jigsaw that we want. They have to fit into our plan.

“Getting the right characters, getting players who want to come in and play for the football club, and who are interested in actually being successful in the game.

“If you can get them, with the ability and work ethic, then you are getting the right people in. That is important. It’s not just getting players in for the sake of it, they need to be the right mould.”

The Gills have already added a trio of defenders to their squad and signed forward Josh Parker for another two years last week.

Lovell has the club at heart, having played and coached there for many years, and believes with Pennock and director of football Peter Taylor overseeing transfers, more of the right kind of characters will be turning up this summer.

He said: “We have been involved in the football club for a long time, we love the club and we want success.

“I think that is one of the main objectives from players that we get in, they want to improve themselves and they need to have a passion for the club and the manager they are playing for."

Read the full story in Monday's Medway Messenger.

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