Adam's Happy

Adam Nowland is happy to be on loan at Gillingham - and enjoying unexpectedly working with a former England coach.

Explaining the reasoning behind his temporary move to Kent, he says:

"The gaffer wanted me to get some first team games under my belt, I'd been injured for a couple of weeks and there had been a couple of players come in as well in the mean time - and they have done really well.

"Instead of me sitting around on the bench playing first team football there was an opportunity that arose with Gillingham showing a bit of interest in me helping their cause.

"So it is an ideal chance for me to get some first team games, and we will see where it goes from there."

Adam got injured in the warm-up against Notts. County recently, being hastily withdrawn from the team sheet, and he says:

"The groin had been playing up for a few months, to be honest, and it was one of those that I continued to play with; it hasn't really hindered me but I have been able to feel it.

"I overstretched it in the warm-up; it must have got a little bit too weak and it was best to get it sorted when I did, and miss a couple of weeks, rather than a couple of months if it really did go.

"I think I am over that now and I have worked hard to get it back to a good degree of strength.

"I am feeling good after playing my first game for Gillingham - I got through the 90 minutes without a problem.

"It was a disappointing result with the way we got ourselves in the lead at Plymouth - but the fitness side of things isn't a problem and I am looking forward to getting some more full games under my belt."

Adam's first game for the Gills was a 2-1 loss at Plymouth, and he recalls:

"It was a scrappy game, a battle, and I played on the right of a diamond - whereas obviously I would rather be central where I am able to dictate things, which is my game.

"But the manager wanted me to do a job for him in the first match and that is what I did; I got a bit of the ball and I was happy with my own performance, but the defeat was massively disappointing because with 86 minutes gone we were 1-0 up and they have not caused us any problems.

"But we sat back a little bit too much when we scored the goal and we invited the pressure on; maybe that is down to a lack of confidence that the boys might have at the moment where they are under a bit of pressure and the results haven't been going right - and it was a big kick in the teeth.

"But we have had a week already to try and rectify the problems, and there is a new assistant manager, John Gorman, a massively experienced coach who has worked for Glenn Hoddle at England - so he can only be a massive help for the boys.

"We are just looking forward to the next game to try and put a run together to get us out of this situation.

"You have got to take things from everybody you work with and Gillingham have a good set of players with a lot of experience, and there are a lot of talented youngsters there as well.

"I know John Hill who I used to play with at Blackpool, and Patrick Agyemang and Steve Banks who I played with at Wimbledon, and it is a good set of lads.

"I have enjoyed my time up to now and I am chomping at the bit because I would like to have a Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday situation with games, but at the moment there is a fortnight without one.

"The next one is Sheffield United at home on Sky and hopefully it will be an opportunity to play central and get my game going.

"I want to show the Gillingham people what I can do and hopefully help them in our situation."

Despite being on the telly, Adam is not going to get an outlandish hair cut for the occasion.

"I am going to keep my head down for a little while and let my feet do the talking," he says.

"I do like my different hairstyles but I think I will keep it basic for a little while and get on with my game, to be honest."