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3 Gillingham players that will return with a vengeance once season resumes

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Although the season is on hold for now, Gillingham’s aim when normal service resumes is to try and make a late push for the play-offs.

It may seem far-fetched, as Steve Evans’ side sit in 11th place, eight points off the top-six, but as we know in League One anything can happen.

The best way that can happen is if all of the first-team squad contribute in the side’s remaining nine games, with some looking to stand out more than others.

Here, we look at THREE Gills players that could return to Priestfield with a vengeance when the season resumes…

John Akinde

The 30-year-old experienced forward joined the Gills in the recent January transfer window from Lincoln City, reuniting with Evans in the process, as the pair worked together at Crawley Town.

In total, Akinde has gone on to make nine appearances for Gillingham, including seven starts.  Despite scoring just the one goal for the club so far against Blackpool, the forward has proved to be an aerial threat upfront, and has often got others into the game.

When the season resumes, he will certainly want to improve his goal tally for the club, and repay the faith that Evans showed in him two months ago.

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Regan Charles-Cook

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder is in his second season with the Gills, but has struggled to nail down a starting spot in Evans’ 4-4-2 diamond formation this term, making just five starts in League One.

He has been regularly used as an impact player from the bench, which has paid off on a few occasions, as he found the net against Blackpool and AFC Wimbledon after coming on for the final twenty minutes.

Once the season returns, though, he will be looking to force his way into the first-team, and show the manager what he is capable of.

Matty Willock

The 22-year-old former Manchester United youth player joined the Gills in the summer for a fresh start in his career, but his time in ME7 has been affected by injury problems.

He has had issues with his hamstring and knee in particular, which saw him absent from the team from August all the way to January.

However, he has found his feet again, and got back into the team, starting against Southend in midfield, and coming off the bench against AFC Wimbledon.

When the season resumes, Willock will want to make up for lost time by showing his true qualities on the pitch.


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