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Midfielder Dean Parrett hoping to be in contention for Gillingham's game at Rochdale

By Luke Cawdell

Dean Parrett hopes to get his season back on track this weekend.

The midfielder was in full training during the week after seeing off a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined for over a month.

He said: “I am back training with the lads end we will see what happens Saturday now, it is down to the gaffer.

Gillingham's Dean Parrett challenges with Burton's Joe Sbarra. Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham's Dean Parrett challenges with Burton's Joe Sbarra. Picture: Ady Kerry

“This has made me hungry to play, I felt I started the season well and then had the setback, which was disappointing and frustrating, but I am itching to go now.”

The Gills won their opening two games of the season, with Parrett starting both matches, but injury then forced him out.

He’s had to since watch from the sidelines, as the form has dipped.

Parrett said: “There were some games where we have been unlucky in spells, but you go through these spells in a season and it is about learning from them and working out how to get out of them.

“There are 40-50 games a season, you are going to have spells where things aren’t going for you, or you are not playing well individually or as a team, but the main thing is to learn from what you are not doing right and try and improve on it.

“All we can do is look at the next game, build on it and think how we can beat Rochdale next. Hopefully we can get the job done there and get to the next game.

“In this league there isn’t a team who you think you can’t beat, last season there was maybe Wigan and Blackburn, but this season you look around and it’s a level playing field, it is about putting some results together.”

Parrett hopes his return can help make a difference.

“All I can do is give everything i have got and help the boys out as best I can,” he said.

“With the first couple of games that we lost, they were tight, it wasn’t as if we were well off it. We can’t look at it like it’s a crisis, okay we haven’t put the results together, but we are not far off it.

“Maybe (last) Saturday we look at each other and think ‘that was a bit disappointing’ but other than that we have played quite well. It is about taking our chances and making sure we are not conceding silly goals.

“The beauty of football is that there is always another game around the corner, you learn from what happened and put to bed as quickly as possible so you can focus on the next one.”

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