Inniss moves to Gillingham on loan

Former Luton loanee Ryan Inniss has signed for League One Gillingham until the end of the season.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 14th February 2014, 1:39 pm
Ryan Inniss
Ryan Inniss

The teenage defender, who made three appearances, scoring once for Hatters during his spell at Kenilworth Road from Premier League Crystal Palace, returned to Selhurst Park this week.

Speaking to the Gills official website, boss Peter Taylor said: “He’s an 18-year-old but if you see him and speak to him you will think he’s a lot older than that.

“I think he’s a very good centre half and probably a future captain wherever he is, hopefully for him still at Crystal Palace because I’m sure he will want to break in to their first team.

“He’s a leader; he’s a really good talker. He’s about 6’4, very good in the air and has been on loan at Luton and Cheltenham this year so I’m really pleased to have him.

“I wanted his type in the building because he’s a good talker, he’s a good organiser and I’ve spoken to the other three central defenders to say that he has come here to fight for a place.

“He is not guaranteed a place, it is up to any one of those four to get two places and show me which two should play.

“I’m sure Ryan will come here and do very well, he’s an old fashioned centre half but I think he will be very good news for us.

“We had him watched at Luton so we know about him and I think Luton were fighting desperately hard to keep him but he wants some experience in League One so it’s very good news for us and its filled another slot I was desperate to fill.”

On joining the club, Inniss tweeted: “Delighted to have signed with @TheGillsFC until the end of the season. can’t wait to get started!”

Hatters boss John Still admitted he might have kept Inniss for another month, had the likes of Alex Lacey and Andy Parry not been returning to full fitness.

He added: “The reason being we might have extended the loan for one more month to give (Alex) Lacey a chance to get fit, but then he would have had to go back and he had the chance to go somewhere until the end of the season, so really we had to do that.”

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