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Conor Wilkinson and Liam Nash are back with Gillingham after their loan deals expire

By Luke Cawdell

Loan strikers Conor Wilkinson and Liam Nash have been back training with Gillingham this week.

Wilkinson completed a loan spell with Dagenham last weekend, scoring in the 4-4 draw with Boreham Wood in the National League, while Nash recently ended his stay at Concord Rangers.

Gills boss Steve Lovell has welcomed the pair back.

Gillingham’s Conor Wilkinson has been on loan at Dagenham Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham’s Conor Wilkinson has been on loan at Dagenham Picture: Ady Kerry

The manager said: “The reason they went out on loan was because it wasn’t happening for them here. They needed to go and play for themselves, for their own goodness and career.

“They have both gone out and done reasonably well at the levels they’ve gone to.

“The loans are up, they are back and all I am doing now is treating them as players looking to get into the first team squad.

“They have every chance of doing something between now and the end of the season, that’s if something doesn’t happen in the meantime and they go somewhere.”

Wilkinson scored six goals in 10 appearances and is sure to be wanted by other clubs, including Dagenham, but that will come down to budgets.

Striker Liam Nash hasn't played a league game for the Gills this season Picture: Ady Kerry
Striker Liam Nash hasn't played a league game for the Gills this season Picture: Ady Kerry

Nash, 22, scored six goals in 14 appearances for National League South Concord. He has not played a league game for the Gills this season and his return may be brief but for now, Lovell is treating them both as if they are back to stay.

The manager said: “I have a squad of players and I need to make sure everyone stays happy. Again, that is the reason they went, they weren’t happy because they weren’t playing. It becomes a catch-22. They have come back and we will see how it goes.”

Wilkinson played under former Gills boss Peter Taylor at Dagenham and it was Taylor who was key to bringing him to Priestfield while serving as director of football alongside Ady Pennock.

Taylor may well be back in for him before the transfer window closes after the striker helped revive the Daggers’ fortunes this season.

“That is something they have to talk to us about if they want it to happen,” said Lovell.

“He is back, that is all I am interested in at the moment, how long the lasts for, it could be between now and the end of the season or it could be a week.

“I see him as a player, like I always have done, same as anyone because he is back in the building.”

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