Kicking off with our week of previews, we’ve got Matt from Gills in the Blood answering our questions about the campaign ahead.
What is your name, Twitter or site address and how long have you been a fan of your club?
I am Matt, founder of GillsInTheBloodTV on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. I have been a Gills fans regularly since 1995, but my first game was in 1989.
Sum up last season for us from your perspective.
Very impressive, one of real progression. After three years of looking nervously over our shoulder it was nice to enjoy a campaign looking up rather than down. The Play-Offs were a long shot when things were curtailed early, but it was nice to look forward to going to games and watching a side that was competitive at very worst.
What has your transfer business been like this summer?
There’s been a lot of incomings again, which is generally something of the norm at this level. We’ve so far brought in ten new arrivals, eight of those permanently. The two lads arriving on loan from Arsenal – Zech Medley and Trae Coyle – are both intriguing, and of the permanent signings I think Kyle Dempsey and Jordan Graham are the stand outs, while the versatile Robbie McKenzie could prove to be something of an unsung hero.
How has pre-season been for you?
It’s tricky to gauge completely considering we’ve had to do everything in a condensed period of time, plus as fans, we’ve not been able to go and watch games. For me, pre-season served a purpose, but the wins don’t mean we’ll win the league in the same way defeats don’t mean we will face a relegation battle.
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Which players are looking like they’ll stand out this season?
As I’ve left already mentioned, I think in terms of pedigree in this division Kyle Dempsey is a brilliant addition, and as also Jordan Graham – if he can stay fit – could prove to be better than plenty in the third tier. Finally, I’m hoping Matty Willock can start fulfilling his potential after an injury-hit debut campaign.
Any players likely to explode onto the scene from nowhere for you?
I’m not sure we’ll have one like Jack Tucker last season to be honest, so again I would plump for Matty Willock finally getting a run of games and proving his worth and showcasing his talent.
Which matches are you most looking forward to this season?
That all depends on whether and when we can start getting into stadiums. The Boxing Day home clash with Steve Evans’ former club Peterborough could be a belter, and on top of that the away days at Sunderland, Charlton, Portsmouth and Hull from the end of January through to March could be great fun.
What can teams expect from you this season?
I think first and foremost the gaffer will try and make sure we are once again hard to play against and solid defensively, and then he’ll work on trying to add a little bit more guile as well as more goals in the final third.
Where do you think you’ll finish?
Looking at all the squads right now and what I’ve seen in terms of transfer business I’ve gone for us to improve on last season and finish in 8th.
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