PREMIER GOAL IS STILL IN SAMUEL’S SIGHTS
DOMINIC Samuel is desperate for a return to the Premier League after the on-loan Gillingham striker received a fleeting glimpse of the big time as a fresh-faced 17year-old.
Samuel made his debut for Reading in December 2012 but has yet to appear in the Premier League since after the Royals were relegated that same season.
Neither has he nailed down a regular place in the Championship – but he has proved he can find the net in League One.
After scoring six goals in 13 games for Coventry last season, Samuel had bagged five goals ahead of this weekend for the Gills after initially joining on loan in November.
And though Samuel is hardly long in the tooth aged only 21 still, he will not rest until he builds on his tantalising first taste of the top flight.
“I am not going to think that because I have played in the Premier League when I was young that I have done everything I can, because I haven’t,” he said.
“Sometimes players can go wrong when they have had it too young, they can just relax, because they have made their debut when they were young.
“It makes me even hungrier to be more successful.”
Meanwhile, Gills boss Edinburgh has heaped praise on the character of Josh Wright, after the midfielder took a punt last summer on his way to becoming a key figure at Priestfield.
The 26-year-old midfielder trained with the Gills for free after leaving Leyton Orient, before going on to earn a short-term contract in August.
“It is a wake-up call to any player how quickly things can turn around,” added the manager.
“To come here and ask if he could train and then offer his services for no charge is a remarkable feat. It is a credit to Josh, his attitude, commitment and the man he is.”
CHRIS CROSS: Rotherham United’s Chris Burke holds off Jonathan Grounds before sending the ball across the Birmingham City box STAR MAN CLAYTO
TARGET: Dominic Samuel