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2 Gillingham players who you’d imagine will want to leave Priestfield this summer for pastures new

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Gillingham are one of the few League One sides who look set to have a relatively quiet end to the season.

The battles for promotion and survival are both heating up in the third tier, with plenty of important matches still left to play this term.

But the Gills’ hopes of reaching the play-off have diminished in recent weeks, having won only one of their last five games in League One.

Steve Evans’ side currently sit 10th in League One and sit six points off the play-offs having played a game more than three of the teams above them in the table.

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Evans will be looking to guide his side to a strong end to the season in the hope that they can sneak their way in, but one eye is also likely to be on the summer.

Here, we take a look at two Gillingham players who you’d imagine will want to leave Priestfield this summer for pastures new…

Kyle Dempsey

Dempsey has had a fruitful campaign in League One this season, scoring eight goals and registering four assists in 35 outings.

But with the chances of playing in the Championship next season looking slim, previous interest could reignite and sway the midfielder’s thinking.

Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Luton Town and Barnsley were reported to be interested in signing the 25-year-old back in January, and there’s every chance of at least one of those sides maintaining an interest in him heading into the summer.

If there’s interest from the Championship, then his head may turn and he may want to leave.

John Akinde

Akinde is out of contract at the end of the season, and you feel that he may want to move onto pastures new.

Akinde has had a decent season in front of goal, scoring seven goals in 41 league appearances and chipping in with five assists.

But the striker is 32 in the summer and isn’t getting any younger, and you have to question whether it would make sense to offer him a new deal financially.

Akinde has only made 18 starts in League One this season, too, so he will surely want to be starting week in, week out at his age.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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