The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

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.”

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