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Gillingham manager Neil Harris on the competition for quality as he looks to add to his League 2 squad

Gillingham manager Neil Harris has “irons are in the fire” as the hunt for additional firepower continues.

The Gills missed out on Alfie May last week - as the striker left Cheltenham for Charlton - and Harris praised the efforts of chairman Brad Galinson for backing him with a sizeable bid.

The search goes on for Gillingham manager Neil Harris and his team
The search goes on for Gillingham manager Neil Harris and his team

Harris said: “I tried not to get too excited and tried to dampen it a little bit at times, yes we were keen on Alfie May, there is no secret in that, it has been well publicised.

“I thank Brad for having a right good go at trying to get a player of that calibre and it shows where we are at as a football club, that we are trying to sign quality players, but when you have got probably new owners going in at Charlton and talking about being in the Premier League in five years, we can’t compete with that in the level of deals but we understand that.

“When you see Nick Powell going to Stockport on a three year contract, it just shows. Wrexham haven’t done any business yet because they are waiting for the right ones and they will just go, bang, bang, bang and that’s where we’re at, that is when I am saying to the guys saying, “promotion, promotion”, I say ‘hang on a minute, it’s a bloody good league, this year it is probably one of the best it’s ever going to be’. We just have to be competitive.

“There are irons in fires still and conversations and that does take time but at the moment as a manager with the group I have got in the building, for where we are at in pre-season. I am really pleased.”

Harris has started from a good place this summer, knowing he already has a team well equipped for League 2, but work goes on to bring additional quality in.

He said: “We’ve been close to a couple and they haven’t quite materialised but that happens, I can’t stress any more about how pleased I am with the group we have got, and what I have seen on Saturday.

“To be competing right at the top end of the division, do we need a few more? Yes we do, we know that, we are being supported by the owner and the recruitment team can’t work any harder to try and find the right players to come in but in the meantime we are doing really well.

“It’s great exposure for the young lads on Saturday, great exposure for the young lads who will travel to Como and be around the group, but ultimately to be competitive over the course of the season we do need to add to the group.”

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