The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

JUSTIN Ed­in­burgh has backed young Wales for­ward Ge­orge Wil­liams to make a big im­pact at Gilling­ham af­ter he ar­rived on loan from Cham­pi­onship side Ful­ham.

The 20-year-old, who has made just one league ap­pear­ance this sea­son, will re­main at the Pri­est­field Sta­dium un­til the end of the sea­son as he looks to se­cure a spot in Chris Cole­man’s Wales squad for the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in France.

Wil­liams, who can play both up front or just be­hind the strik­ers, made his full se­nior de­but for Wales in May 2014 and has made six ap­pear­ances so far for his coun­try.

And with Wil­liams hav­ing re­cov­ered from an ACL in­jury that had side­lined him for six months, Ed­in­burgh is con­fi­dent the young­ster will have the op­por­tu­nity to prove him­self be­tween now and the end of the sea­son, as well as help­ing the high-fly­ing Gills gain pro­mo­tion from League One.

“He is a bit of a Bradley Dack type and we needed to have that lit­tle spark, that lit­tle bit of x-fac­tor and I have no doubt he will bring that for us,” said Ed­in­burgh, ahead of yes­ter­day’s long trip to strug­glers Old­ham Ath­letic.

“It took us a lit­tle longer than ex­pected to get the deal over the line and so he only met the play­ers be­fore kick-off against Barns­ley and he didn’t train with us.

“Be­tween now and the end of the sea­son he will play a big part. If you have some­one who has the chance of get­ting to the Euros, here in League One with Gilling­ham, we will all get to see what kind of tal­ent he is.

“He needs to get ga­me­time to get to the Euros and what an in­cen­tive that can be. To help us gain pro­mo­tion and for him to get to the Euros. He is an in­fec­tious player and I am de­lighted to get him here.”

SPARK: Ge­orge Wil­liams

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