Jack earns deal with Gills
YOUNG DEFENDER TARGETS REGULAR FIRST TEAM SPOT AFTER BEING GIVEN PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT
A Whitstable teenager’s hard work on the football pitch has been rewarded after he was handed a professional contract with Gillingham.
Jack Tucker has been with the club since he was seven and last week signed a two-year deal with the Gills.
The 18-year-old defender was proud of his achievement admitting that when he first started at Priestfield he did not think it would happen.
He said: “I have been working towards this for a long time. I did not think I would make it this far when I first joined the club aged seven.
“I will just keep working to build on this. All my family have been so proud and sending me nice messages.
“When I started my scholarship that was the first time I thought I might get this far.
“I have been pushing on for the last two years and have played a few games for the first team, including pre-season friendlies.”
He made his competitive debut for the club in their televised League 1 match against Portsmouth in October when he came off the bench.
Tucker still lives in Whitstable going to school in the town before attending Queen Elizabeth’s in Faversham.
Gillingham have sent him out to Bostik South side Greenwich Borough for a month to gain some experience. He was due to be in their squad for their match on Saturday but the weather meant it was called off.
He said: “It will be good at Greenwich Borough. The next step is to get some experience.
“I need to know how to play against adults as I haven’t played much men’s football. I’m hoping to play as many games as I can and hopefully I can provide something a bit different.”
Tucker is targeting a place in the Gills’ first team but he is not getting carried away with anything.
He is hoping to get his head down and work hard to try and impress manager Steve Lovell.
He added: “I will keep my match fitness up and working hard. I’m not trying to look too far ahead and get carried away. It is a great feeling playing for the first team and representing the club.
“Stepping out onto Priestfield with several thousand fans cheering you on makes you want to do it more and more.”
Jack Tucker, front centre, with fellow new pros Ryan Huckle, and Henry Woods, with manager Steve Lovell, chairman Paul Scally, coach Mark Patterson and schoolboy development manager Bryan Bull