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Gillingham boss Steve Evans still keen to make more signings

“It’s glaringly obvious we need to add.”

Gillingham boss Steve Evans remains on a recruitment mission after naming a threadbare squad for the opening game of the League 1 season.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans still in the market for additions
Gillingham boss Steve Evans still in the market for additions

The club have completed eight permanent signings and three on loan but still only have 19 pros, including a couple of youngsters whom he would like to farm out to get game time.

Brandon Hanlan’s departure to Bristol Rovers leaves him short upfront and he’s also looking out wide, for an attacking addition.

“We need to add, it’s glaringly obvious we need to add,” said the Gills boss following Saturday’s defeat to Hull City.

“It has been obvious for two or three weeks but we need to get the right players in.

“The players I have brought in will develop and we will become a really good side.

“We will try and go into the market and look to do it right. Whether we have new players with us for next week or the week after we are not going to rush it, we need to make sure we get the right ones.”

Prior to the weekend Evans said the club were waiting on a Premier League team to let them loan a player.

Scott Robertson was the latest player to make his Gills debut.

The Celtic teenager has joined the club for the season and he came off the bench to play the second half.

“It was difficult for him and he didn’t know half of the names,” said Evans, who believes he’s signed another player with plenty of potential.

“He is a good player, he has come to be further educated, like a lot of these players have. He is a talented kid and I am sure he will play many games for us.”

The Gills were beaten 2-0 by Hull City, saying both goals conceded were sloppy.

“We have got lots of work to do,” Evans commented.

“We are here with 17-18 players and we have lots more to do in that department as well.

“We have a little work to do on the training ground as well. We need to do more if we are going to win games.

“You need to play well to win in League 1, whether you are playing Hull or a team expected to be at the bottom.

“We will go down to the training ground on Sunday and Monday, make some changes for Tuesday (in the Carabao Cup game against Coventry City) and the real focus is on Wigan (in the league) next week.

“Our job is to try and produce a performance that leads to a win. You need to perform to win and they scored early and got a bit of confidence. Second half they didn’t know where to turn for 20 minutes as we changed shape, they struggled to cope, but we didn’t do enough in terms of clear cut chances.”

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