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Goalkeeper Glenn Morris returns to Gillingham from League 2 rivals Crawley Town

Gillingham’s goalkeeping department is back to full strength with another player signing on the dotted line.

Glenn Morris has returned to the club after a successful first half of the season on loan from Crawley. He had 18 months left on a contract at Gills’ League 2 rivals but has cancelled that and chosen to head back to Priestfield, agreeing terms on a deal until the end of the season.

Glenn Morris is back at Gillingham after cancelling his contract at Crawley
Glenn Morris is back at Gillingham after cancelling his contract at Crawley

Manager Neil Harris said: "Glenn did extremely well for us in a difficult period, everyone will have probably expected Glenn to be back in the building, I made no secret that I had been trying to do it."

Morris, 39, joined in the summer after Charlton loan keeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer picked up an injury. He was ever-present in the league with former Newcastle keeper Jake Turner as back-up. He played 19 games in the first half of the season.

An injury to Morris in mid-November gave Turner a chance to perform. Morris played for Gillingham against Stevenage on January 2 after recovering from a damaged shoulder, a day before his loan ran out. He returned to Crawley but now heads back to Priestfield on a permanent basis - the fourth signing for the Gills of the January transfer window.

Harris is glad to have his goalkeeping unit back together.

He said: “It’s a department that has probably been the biggest success for us so far.

“Ash played against Manchester United 48 hours ago (in the League Cup for Charlton). He is back fit and performing extremely well but that didn’t materialise for us because of injury. We were able to bring Jake in on a permanent and Glenn on loan originally and whoever has played for us this year has played extremely well.

“It’s a very good working department and credit has to go to Deren Ibrahim, my goalkeeping coach, for that.

"It’s not just the ability they have shown in games but also the way they train and the camaraderie in the group, we need that to continue, we need that balance between and older one and a younger one, whoever plays is supported by the other.”

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