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Cardiff City defender Adedeji Oshilaja is keen to progress his career with spell at Gillingham

Gillingham's new signing Adedeji Oshilaja in action against Dover Picture: Matt Bristow
Gillingham's new signing Adedeji Oshilaja in action against Dover Picture: Matt Bristow

Championship defender Adedeji Oshilaja believes he’s joined a team that are going places.

Oshilaja made his Gillingham debut in a 1-1 draw at Dover on Saturday – just 24 hours after joining the club from Cardiff City on loan.

The 22-year-old Londoner believes he’s well positioned to enjoy some success.

He said: "There are a lot of good young players here. It is youthful but everyone is hungry.

“Obviously, we lack experience but we will get that as the season goes on. Experience matters but you don’t get experience unless you are playing.

“With the young players we have got and the quality we have here, I don’t see why we can’t push on.

“I have seen some good players and heard some good reports from other people and think we will do well.

“You never know what could happen but from what I have seen, I don’t see why we can’t be going for the play-offs. I am an ambitious person anyway and I think everyone is ambitious here as well. Maybe at the end of the season, we might be up there.”

Oshilaja has yet to play a league game for parent club Cardiff but has experience from loan spells at Newport, Sheffield Wednesday and AFC Wimbledon.

He played under Edinburgh at Newport and under Gills assistant boss David Kerslake at Cardiff.

Explaining why he chose to join the Gills, he said: “As soon as I heard Gillingham were interested I thought that was an option I could take up and I was happy to play for the gaffer. My head was pretty much set on Gillingham.

“I knew the manager had belief in me and trusted me and knew what kind of player I was.
“It is also closer to home for me and it ticked a lot of good boxes so I thought yeah, why not come and play games.”

Gillingham are in action at home to Brighton on Wednesday night (7.45pm KO).

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