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The Shouting Men: Gillingham forward Noel Mbo writes exclusively for the KM Group

It was massive when I found out I had been offered a professional contract and now I need to work hard to get into the first team.

I know I am young but I am capable of making an impact and if I can help out, then I will.

I’ve scored 20-something goals this season and got another last Saturday but I haven’t really kept count.

Young Gillingham striker Noel Mbo Picture: Barry Goodwin
Young Gillingham striker Noel Mbo Picture: Barry Goodwin

I had a spell at East Grinstead on loan and physically I was coping but in games you need to use your head more, you can’t lose it. One game I gave away a foul and kicked the ball away and got booked.

You can get away with that for the under-18s but when you’re out there, you have to control yourself and play your game.

I have to look after myself in training here, because when you are up against the senior lads you have to be able to cope. It is not easy, you are up against people like Max Ehmer and Deji Oshilaja, you can’t be soft, you have to stand up for yourself.

I have scored goals and shown what I am capable of in training and am just waiting for my chance.

When I told my mum about getting a pro contract offer she was buzzing.

I didn’t really do much celebrating after finding out about the contract because this is just the starting point for me.

I just went to church and prayed and thanked God because it wasn’t an easy journey. I believe that the good things that I am getting now are down to the good things I am doing in church.

I came over to England aged nine or 10 from Congo, along with my twin sister. My mum had been here for a little while and we came to join her. It was hard at first because I didn’t know English.

Read the full column in Thursday's Medway Messenger

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