Peter Taylor: Gillingham fans will quickly take to Jack Marriott
Gillingham manager Peter Taylor is confident that supporters of the League One club will quickly take to Ipswich Town loanee striker Jack Marriott.
The 19-year-old scored regularly at youth and Under-21 level for the Blues and then netted nine times in nine games during a recent loan spell at Skrill Premier club Woking.
Blues boss Mick McCarthy decided the next stage in his development should be to join a Football league club on loan and last week he joined League One club Gillingham until the end of the season.
“This is a lovely opportunity for Jack to get some league experience,” Taylor told the Kent Messenger. “He knows he won’t play every week and I have spoken to Mick McCarthy (about that) but he is going to be a good player, there is no doubt about that.
“Our supporters will like to see the honesty of the young boy running around all over the place. He is a good finisher and we have seen that in our training sessions already. We are hopeful Jack will do well here.”
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Taylor says it’s down to Marriott to earn a starting place, adding: “Jack has scored a lot of goals, everywhere he has played – every team at every level.
“I wanted that type of player. To have him, Cody McDonald, Danny Kedwell and Adebayo Akinfenwa all pushing each other is great.”
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Marriott, an unused sub in last week’s 1-0 home victory over Wolves, looks likely to be on the bench for the Gills’ game at Colchester tomorrow afternoon, while fellow Town loanee Elliott Hewitt, who has rejoined the Kent club on loan for a month, could join him if he is over his ankle injury.
Freddie Veseli is set to make his second appearance for his loan club Bury when they visit Chesterfield in League Two.