Gillingham boss Steve Evans has told Kent Online that he wants Jack Tucker to ignore any transfer speculation that is surrounding his future at the club.
The 21-year-old centre back has been in brilliant form for the first team since stepping up from the academy at Priestfield and as a result of this, the likes of Charlton Athletic have been linked with a move for his services.
That interest was widely reported in the summer but in the end the youngster ended up staying put with the Kent club as opposed to moving to the Valley.
However that hasn’t stopped Evans from firing a slight warning to his player, with the Gills boss stating the following recently:
“I think some parts of his game maybe he is listening to people tell him where he is going to go and where he is going to play. I think it has effected his decision making on the pitch, you just want to leave kids like that alone and let them naturally develop in their own environment.”
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Tucker has been a regular so far this season for his side and has made 13 appearances across all competitions.
The defender currently has under 12 months remaining on his contract with the Sky Bet League One side.
This is certainly a player that Charlton were supposedly interested in over the summer and given his recent form, there is every chance that they could go back in for him in the new year.
He has plenty of years of development ahead of him and has already got a good level of experience under his belt after progressing through from Gillingham’s academy.
His contractual situation at Priestfield is far from ideal, which means the Addicks could take advantage of it if they were still to be keen on acquiring his services.
He’d certainly tick a lot of boxes for Nigel Adkins and co and it is easy to see why they looked at him as a potential target over the summer.