Published: 11:00, 20 January 2017
Gills head coach Ady Pennock is delighted to have increased the competition among his goalkeepers.
He made Czech keeper Tomas Holy his first signing at Gillingham after snapping up the 25-year-old on a free transfer.
Holy, formerly of Sparta Prague, will immediately be pushing for the no.1 spot.
Pennock said: “He is a good size, a good presence, he kicks it well, handles it well and it is good competition for Stuart Nelson, that’s what we need.
“It is good competition for Tom Hadler and for Nels.
“It is important for everyone to have competition, I don’t want anybody comfortable.”
Nelson has already seen off competition for his shirt this season from Reading loan signing Jonathan Bond.
But he has been troubled by an ankle injury, which he suffered after saving a penalty against MK Dons. He spoke about the niggling injury in the Medway Messenger this week.
Gills head coach Pennock has been impressed with Nelson since he took over from Justin Edinburgh.
He said: “Nels has done well and he did well on Saturday (against Oldham).
“His handling was good and he did everything I asked of him. I don’t think he had much chance with the goal, it was a very good goal and you have to give their lad credit.
“But it is good competition for Nels.”