Lovell hints at new deal for in-form striker

Gillingham manager Steve Lovell has hinted he may be looking to give in-form striker Tom Eaves a new deal, if he wants to stay at the club.

Eaves has been in sensational form recently, scoring five times in six league games. That takes the 26-year old’s tally to nine for the season and he has helped the Gills to impressive wins against Portsmouth and Bradford, as well as credible draws with Shrewsbury and Doncaster.

“Anybody who is scoring goals is an asset and he is a massive asset to us. I love him being at this club,” Lovell told local media. “Whatever happens happens but he is with us and all I want to do is improve him as a player, to help move us up that league.

Eaves joined from Yeovil at the beginning of last season and has just six months left to run on his current deal, but Lovell revealed he hopes the chairman will soon sanction talks over an extension.

“I am sure the chairman will want to do something soon. We would like to keep him, he’s a Gillingham player, the fans love him here. I love him to bits, all the players do and he is performing on the football field.”

“There is no reason why we don’t want him here for longer but that is not down to me, that is down to the chairman to sort.”

Eaves had only scored four league goals in 40 appearances for Yeovil ahead of his switch to Priestfield.

Our View

Sometimes a player and a club are made for each other and it seems Eaves and Yeovil are that combination.

He had previously scored 20 league goals in eight years, in spells at Yeovil, Bury, Shrewsbury, Rotherham, Bristol Rovers, Bolton and Oldham. There’s not one of those clubs who wouldn’t take him for free at the end of the season.


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