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Gillingham's Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Jordan Graham will add much-needed versatility to forward line, says assistant manager Paul Raynor


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Assistant manager Paul Raynor says new signing Jordan Graham will be absolutely ideal for Gillingham.

The on-loan Wolves winger could make his debut at Burton this Saturday after moving to Priestfield for the rest of the season.

Gills assistant boss Paul Raynor and manager Steve Evans are long-time fans of Jordan Graham Picture: Ady Kerry
Gills assistant boss Paul Raynor and manager Steve Evans are long-time fans of Jordan Graham Picture: Ady Kerry

He’s a player Raynor and Gills boss Steve Evans have kept tabs on since their time at Leeds and his versatility will be important.

“We came up against him quite a bit during his Championship days at Wolves when we were at Leeds,” said Raynor.

“We liked what we saw and kept tabs on him.

With Mark Marshall going we needed to add a wide player and Jordan will be absolutely ideal.

“He can play both sides, as a No.10 or off the striker, so we think he’ll be a really good addition.

“We’ve not got the biggest squad so his versatility will help us. We’ve always liked him and he always did well against us.

“You get players you like in the opposition, you make a note of them and watch them with interest.

“When he became available, especially with Mark going, it was an ideal bit of recruitment for us.”

The transfer deadline has passed but Gills remain in the market for out-of-contract players.

There’s been no shortage of names put their way.

Raynor said: “I’m sure the gaffer has one or two ideas and he’ll speak to agents and see what’s out there.

“If we could bring in one more, maybe two, that would be ideal but we’re happy with what we’ve got.

“We were inundated with agents just before the window shut, trying to do a bit of business.

“Agents try their luck, that’s how they make their money, but they’ve got a job to do and they can be very helpful in terms of getting the right people through the door.”

Gillingham could welcome back Southampton loanee Tom O’Connor from injury at Burton, a fixture that will see Raynor face his old Nottingham Forest team-mate Nigel Clough.

Raynor said: “Burton are a very good side.

“I was with Nigel at Forest, under his dad, and I know him very well. His sides play really good football.

“I watched them against AFC Wimbledon last week and they played particularly well. I was very impressed – I can’t believe they only drew.

“It will be a tough game but we’re on a long unbeaten run, which breeds confidence, and the guys will be refreshed after having last weekend off.”

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