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The Shouting Men column with Gillingham winger Billy King

Moving to Gillingham was a massive opportunity for me that I couldn’t pass up.

When my agent told me that Gillingham wanted to take me on loan, I said yes 100% straight away, I jumped at the chance.

I think it will be a step up for me and I was buzzing at the opportunity of playing for a first team in England.

Billy King was involved for the Gills at Coventry last Saturday Picture: Ady Kerry
Billy King was involved for the Gills at Coventry last Saturday Picture: Ady Kerry

The top end of the Championship in Scotland is a decent standard but the bottom half is not so good.

It is quite hard to compare, I only got five minutes on the pitch at the weekend and probably only touched the ball twice.

I am not one to sit about and wait for things to happen, I like to get out there.

I have already had a lot of experience up there in Scotland and it has brought me to where I am now. I have been on loan moves before, with Rangers as well, a big move infront of big crowds. I have had that pressure and I know what it is like. It has stood me in good stead.

Among my highlights was scoring my first professional goal in the Edinburgh derby, having come up through the youths at Hearts as well, that was a massive moment for me.

Another was to have gone on loan to Rangers. I went there after winning the Championship with Hearts and moved on loan because I wanted to play regularly. It was a big move for me, a team that were selling out the stadium every week, a great stadium and great set-up, it was a good experience. I felt I did well there.

We went up as champions of the Championship as well and won the League Cup at Hampden Park. Unfortunately I missed out on an Old Firm match because I was cup-tied for that fixture but I did play Celtic while on loan at Inverness, which I didn’t enjoy as much.

The experiences have improved me as a player and as a person, too.

I am not one to sit about and wait for things to happen, I like to get out there.

It has been great since I have been down here and training has been good. It will take me time to adjust but I feel that I am capable of it.

Billy King answers our quickfire questions (7016586)
Billy King answers our quickfire questions (7016586)

I have not been to England too often, just a few pre-season tours with Hearts, but I was surprised that it’s actually sunnier in Scotland!

I wasn’t expecting too much from my first game, at Coventry. I was pleased to come off the bench for five minutes but unfortunately their goalkeeper went down injured and so that took a chunk of time out but it was a good experience, I enjoyed it and we deserved the point in the end. We had a lot of chances and could have won it.

My aim here is to help the team stay up, try and move up the table and get points on the board.

Billy King signed for the Gills just before the transfer window closed Picture: Ady Kerry
Billy King signed for the Gills just before the transfer window closed Picture: Ady Kerry

I know I need to work hard, everyone is on a level playing field, I need to prove myself in training and to the manager and take my chance when he gives it to me. It is just about getting adjusted and doing the best I can for Gillingham.

Football has always been in my family and I have got three younger brothers that also play. One of them, Adam King, is a year younger than me and plays for Swansea and the other two play up in Scotland. My dad is football daft and my mum and dad have done a lot for me.

I think my dad was trying to start a five-a-side team!

My parents travel when they can to watch, although my mum doesn’t like watching because she gets too nervous, but because there are four of us there are games on everywhere.

I am not sure if they will come down and watch me, unless there are some cheap flights! It took me about eight hours to drive down and I haven’t been back yet, I think I’ll leave that until the end of the season now.

I’ve been staying in a hotel for the first week, everything has been up in the air, living out of a suitcase in a hotel room but I was hoping to get a place sorted this week with another new signing, Graham Burke. All I know about Graham is that he’s from Dublin!

It’s not the first time I have travelled out on loan. Inverness was a long way away from Edinburgh. It’s right up north and in the middle of nowhere. We got relegated and it was tough but it was an experience I needed to have in order to progress my career. It has stood me in good stead for now.


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