DACK TO THE FU­TURE

LIFT-OFF! REDS ON RISE WITH BORO WIN

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Stu­art Ham­monds

BRADLEY DACK net­ted the goal that took Gilling­ham top of League One yes­ter­day – and boss Justin Ed­in­burgh tipped his sought-af­ter star for a Premier League fu­ture.

Gills chair­man Paul Scally re­jected a third, £1m bid from Cham­pi­onship strug­glers Bris­tol City in mid­week for the 22-yearold, pic­tured left, whose 14th goal of the sea­son saw off Peter­bor­ough in a 2-1 Pri­est­field win.

The mid­fielder also has 13 as­sists and Ed­in­burgh told The FLP: “The chair­man is back­ing me by fend­ing off bids, so I can’t ask for any more than that.

“Keep­ing hold of Bradley could be the dif­fer­ence for us to go up. He makes things hap­pen.

“This is not dis­re­spect­ful to Bris­tol City in any way, but if he keeps do­ing what he’s do­ing, Bradley will go higher than them.

“He has as much po­ten­tial as Lee Tom­lin when I worked with him at Rush­den & Di­a­monds, and he is now in the Premier League. Bradley can em­u­late Tommo.”

Gills hit back from go­ing be­hind to an Erhun Oz­tumer goal, with Luke Nor­ris and Dack’s se­cond-half ef­forts tak­ing them above Bur­ton on goal dif­fer­ence.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

TWELFTH MAN: Jamie Ward jumps into skip­per Matt Mills’ arms af­ter scor­ing the goal that beat Mid­dles­brough 1-0, mak­ing it 12 games un­beaten for Not­ting­ham For­est in the Cham­pi­onship

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