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Essam rewarded with new Gills deal

Young Gillingham defender Connor Essam has been rewarded with a new and improved three-year contract following an excellent breakthrough season.

The 19-year old made his Gills debut in the 2-1 home defeat to Southend United in February and went on to make 18 appearances in total, as the Kent-based club narrowly missed out on the Npower League Two play-offs.

Essam’s new contract will keep him at the Priestfield Stadium until the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

The central defender came through the youth ranks at the League Two outfit and also enjoyed successful loan spells at Bishops Stortford and Dartford, before former boss Andy Hessenthaler handed Essam his first team debut.

Securing the services of the highly rated central defender will certainly act as a boost for the impending arrival of a new Gillingham manager.

By Daniel Ludlam

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