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The Shouting Men: Gillingham midfielder Billy Knott writes exclusively for the KM Group

By Luke Cawdell

Winning leagues is something not many footballers get to do. I have had a good couple of months on loan at Lincoln and to finish with a winner’s medal in the National League has been brilliant.

I wasn’t guaranteed game time at Gillingham. I was told I was going to come off the bench and stuff but I just wanted to play.

Where I am in my career at the moment I don’t think being on the bench was right for me. Lincoln was a good opportunity.

Billy Knott is rejuvenated following his loan switch to Lincoln Picture Andy Payton

Billy Knott is rejuvenated following his loan switch to Lincoln Picture: Andy Payton

I probably haven’t played as much as I would have hoped but the main thing was trying to get fit, which I have done.

Danny Cowley (the Lincoln manager) likes to keep the team fresh and does change it around. He said to me if I had gone there fitter, I would have started a lot more games.

I had the hamstring injury before and it took me a while to get to the fitness levels that he needed. They are a lot higher than other clubs I had been at so it was tough but it has been good.

I set up a couple and scored the winner against Bromley, which made me feel a lot more part of where we have got to.

The boys have done great and when you are scoring winners, it is good, it makes you feel better.

I have lost a lot of weight, I am enjoying football again and the loan was the right thing for me to do. I am glad I did it.

Winning is the main thing in football, whatever level. To go to Lincoln and play in front of 10,000 people like we did last Saturday and lift the league trophy, it has been brilliant.

We were worried that Dan wouldn’t let us out to celebrate because he is bang on it. But he did let us out and it felt like the whole city was there. We went to a few bars and I can’t remember too much about it.

We were singing songs along with the fans long into the night. We went to a nightclub and it was a bit of a blur after that but we knew come Monday morning we were going to be training hard.

We have a job to finish. We want to get over 100 points. He said ‘just give us a few more days of graft and you can celebrate it properly this Saturday night’. We have the open top bus on Tuesday as well, so that will be a brilliant end to the season.

Read the full column in this week's Medway Messenger.

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