Having concentrated on the goalkeepers and defenders in part one of our 2014-15 player review, RainhamEndViews now looks at the Gills midfielders and strikers.
Aaron Morris (25 games/1 goal/0 yellows/0 reds) A player of undoubted ability, the Gills fans are now only seeing the best of defensive midfielder Morris. Finally fully fit after an injury disrupted campaign, he now seems intent on making a central berth his own, and could be a huge asset next term – 6.5/10
HIGHLIGHT: Doesn’t score many, but his solitary goal this season was a belter away at Yeovil in the League Cup.
Michael Doughty (13/0/2/1) Upon his arrival on loan it was clear that he had plenty of natural ability. With two good feet, he seemed to always have extra time on the ball, and he stood out in what was a struggling Gills side at the time. Has since gone on to play in the Premier League for QPR – 7/10
HIGHLIGHT: Helped the club through two rounds of the JP Trophy during his stay.
Michael Doughty celebrates with QPR’s Robert Green and Karl Henry after his Premier League debut.
Jake Hessenthaler (45/1/7/0) Still very young with undoubted ability, Jake’s downfall is that he perhaps sometimes struggles to step out of his famous dad’s shadow. A regular before Peter Taylor was dismissed, he has since found himself in and out of the side. Plenty of assists this term, but needs to score more goals and take games by the scruff of the neck – 6.5/10
HIGHLIGHT: His only goal of the season was memorable not just because it helped to beat Swindon, but because it was a header.
Josh Pritchard (28/0/2/0) Another who has had to play catch up after missing a big part of the campaign through injury. Possesses a good range of passing and isn’t afraid to put his foot in, he sometimes need to keep things more simple. Will benefit from a good pre season heading into next term – 6/10
HIGHLIGHT: His 50 yard cross field ball to Leon Legge in April’s 2-2 draw at Preston was exceptional. At a higher level it would have been talked about in depth by plenty of pundits and fans alike.
Doug Loft (42/2/9/1) Deployed in a deeper role than at Port Vale, skipper Loft took a while to endear himself to some Gills fans. Like many though, he has improved under the new management regime, and in recent weeks we have seen what a good player he is. Next season could be massive for the self confessed Gills fan – 7/10
HIGHLIGHT: His late leveller at home to Colchester in March may have been a turning point for him with the Gills faithful.
The skipper, after a tricky start, is winning round the Gills faithful.
Danny Galbraith (7/0/0/0) Since joining in December things haven’t quite gone to plan for the ex Manchester United trainee. The fact that he has only been on a losing side once in seven appearances makes his continued absence a little strange, considering how well be played in the wins over Sheffield United, Peterborough and MK Dons – 6/10
HIGHLIGHT: Played a massive part upon coming on at half time in the 2-0 victory over Shefield United in February.
Jermaine McGlashan (46/7/2/0) A regular pretty much all season – albeit some of his most notable appearances coming from off the bench – it wasn’t until the New Year that the flying winger really announced himself, learning how to pace himself in games so that he is now a sustained threat over a longer period of time. With only one goal in the first half of the season, he has netted six in 2015 and is a real fans favourite – 7.5/10
HIGHLIGHT: A game changing cameo from the bench to swing the Coventry game his sides way in January. An assist and goal gave him and the club much needed momentum in their 3-1 victory.
Brennan Dickenson (42/3/4/0) Despite featuring on 41 occasions it seems as though ex Brighton winger Brennan has spent most of the campaign being introduced from the bench, especially since the ‘Gang of Four’ and then Justin Edinburgh took the reins. Having been involved a lot more under former boss Peter Taylor, at one point he didn’t feature in the league for ten consecutive matches through February and most of March. Has played a part in all of the last four though, helping the Gills to seven points from a possible twelve – 6/10
HIGHLIGHT: His first league goal for the club helped secure a 3-1 final day victory over Notts County.
Bradley Dack (50/10/9/0) The attacking midfielder has been an absolute revelation this term. There has always been ability and potential in abundance, but under the new management regime since the turn of the year he has excelled. In 2015 he has scored seven goals, two of which have proved to be match winners, and he has also laid on plenty of chances for others. Quite simply has to be Gillingham’s Player of the Season – 9/10
HIGHLIGHT: Despite it taking a slight deflection, his late winner versus Oldham in January showed both tremendous confidence and ability at such a crucial time. The goal, and subsequent three points, gave the club momentum at a time when they were far from safe from the threat of relegation.
Gills’ Player of the Year? For RainhamEndViews, yes.
Danny Kedwell (18/5/2/0) The local lad done good will always hold a place in the hearts of all Gills fans, and he started the campaign in fine style with four goals in his first five appearances. Sadly, after this he was hit by injury problems and a loss of form. He missed all of September and most of October with a knee problem, and scored only once in his eleven after his lay off. Left the club for Ebbsfleet in January in search of more regular game time – 6/10
HIGHLIGHT: Scored the opener in the first home game of the campaign to ensure the Gills got off to a winning start at the MEMS Priestfield.
Luke Norris (44/7/3/0) Another youngster who clearly has ability but still needs to learn his craft. Signed from Brentford, Luke is built like a proper centre forward, but at times he can tend to only do just enough, especially when not in possession. He can be brilliant – an example of this being his goal at Sheffield United – and frustrating in equal measure, but half a dozen goals does indicate that he could develop into a very useful centre forward. Scored his first home goal on the final day – 6/10
HIGHLIGHT: That goal versus Sheffield United. Quite simply breathtaking.
Cody McDonald (49/18/5/0) Fast becoming a Gills great, hit man Cody has enjoyed another decent season in front of goal. Whether he gets to the twenty goals that he craves remains to be seen – netting in only three of his last fifteen may have put pay to that – but he is still the club’s most natural scorer, as a run of five goals in five games at the turn of the year will testify. His new contract sees him remain for at least another two years, and the Gills faithful will surely enjoy many more of his goals – 7.5
HIGHLIGHT: His last gasp winner – with his side reduced to ten men – at home to Leyton Orient in November lead to not only a massive three points, but also the club’s first league victory in two months.
McDonald is once again the Gills top scorer.
John Marquis (21/8/3/0) Having arrived at the club in January, Marquis’ run of seven goals in just his first eleven games gave the whole club – at the time staring relegation in the face – a lift and a sense of purpose. With one game to play they could secure a top ten finish, and that is in no small part due to the infectious energy and hard work of the Millwall loanee. The goals haven’t flowed so readily recently, but his impact on a club that was low on confidence and momentum when he arrived cannot be underestimated – 8/10
HIGHLIGHT: His winner against Play Off chasing Bradford all but secured the Gills’ League One status for another season.
Mentions go to Amine Linganzi and Oliver Muldoon for their efforts during the season. Linganzi featured eight times up until the end of December, but sadly his campaign – like the majority of his time at the club – was beset by injuries, and it was recently agreed to mutually terminate his contract. Muldoon arrived on loan from Charlton in March and has, to date, played three times.
So there you have it, our complete run down of each Gillingham player for the 2014-15 season. As with anything, you wont all agree with us, that is the beauty of this game.
UP THE GILLS!!